Here
Artwork on The Line in north Greenwich, London, looking northwards
ArtistThomson & Craighead
Year2013 (2013)
MediumMetal
Dimensions2.64 m × 0.12 m × 0.82 m (8.7 ft × 0.39 ft × 2.7 ft)
LocationNorth Greenwich, London
Coordinates51°30′11″N 0°00′05″W / 51.50316°N 0.00146°W / 51.50316; -0.00146Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°00′05″W / 51.50316°N 0.00146°W / 51.50316; -0.00146
Websitethe-line.org

Here is a 2013 artwork created by artist duo Thomson & Craighead. The work, a standard UK road sign pointing northwards, is situated on a riverside path on the west side of the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London, where it forms part of The Line, a public sculpture trail that very roughly follows the path of the Prime Meridian as it crosses the River Thames.

History

"Here", viewed from east, with Canary Wharf district in background
"Here", viewed from east, with Canary Wharf district in background

Created by Thomson & Craighead in 2013, Here is formed by a standard 2.64m tall UK road sign pointing north and displaying the 24,859 mile distance around the circumference of the earth back to the sign's position.[1][2] Maggie Gray in art magazine Apollo said: "Such pieces command attention and, once they have it, direct that attention outwards to their surroundings, or back on to the viewer."[3]

In 2014, it was one of nine works chosen from over 70 submissions for the inaugural year of The Line,[1] an art project distributed along a three-mile route following some of London's waterways between Stratford and North Greenwich.[4] The route opened in 2015.[5][6] The five Greenwich elements of The Line also form part of an art trail across the Greenwich Peninsula.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Thomson & Craighead". The Line. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Walking The Line". Artichoke. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. ^ Gray, Maggie (4 June 2020). "Lessons from a lonely city – walking through lockdown London has been a revelation". Apollo. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. ^ Jury, Louise (11 July 2014). "New sculpture trail, The Line, to appear along east London's waterways". Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  5. ^ "The Line". Time Out London. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  6. ^ McCabe, Katie (28 April 2020). "London's first public art walk The Line goes online". Time Out London. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Greenwich Peninsula". Design London. Retrieved 2 August 2021.