A Slice of Reality
Slice of a ship
ArtistRichard Wilson
Year2000 (2000)
Dimensions9 m (30 ft)
Coordinates51°30′15″N 0°00′01″W / 51.504147°N 0.0003°W / 51.504147; -0.0003

A Slice of Reality is a work of modern art by Richard Wilson sitting by (and commissioned for) the Millennium Dome on the north-western bank of the Greenwich Peninsula. It consists of a 9-metre (30 ft)[1] sliced vertical section through the former 800-ton[2] 60-metre (200 ft) sand dredger Arco Trent and exposes portions of the former living quarters of the vessel to the elements (such as a visible pool table in the lower decks).[3][4]

The work is one of the sculptures on The Line art trail in East London. It was originally commissioned for the millennium "North Meadow Sculpture Project".[5]


These photographs were taken during Open House London 2015.


  1. ^ 15% remaining of 60 m: "Arco Trent – Trailing suction hopper dredgers – Equipment". Dredging Database. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ "A Slice of Reality – IMO 7112383 – ShipSpotting.com – Ship Photos and Ship Tracker". Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Richard Wilson – A Slice of Reality". Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Bill; David Hornsby; Ken Bottoms (Summer 2010). "Solent Aggregate Dredgers" (PDF). Black Jack (155): 4. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Richard Wilson". The Line. Retrieved 13 May 2022.