Liberty Grip
ArtistGary Hume
Year2008 (2008)
LocationNorth Greenwich, London
Coordinates51°30′16″N 0°00′18″E / 51.50437°N 0.00509°E / 51.50437; 0.00509

Liberty Grip is a 2008 sculpture in bronze by English artist Gary Hume. The sculpture is today situated on a riverside path on the east side of The O2 at North Greenwich 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.


Liberty Grip, at North Greenwich, London, with (to left of cable car pylon), Anthony Gormley's Quantum Cloud, also part of The Line, in the background

Created in 2008, Hume modelled Liberty Grip in three discrete sections using the arm of a mannequin as a template,[1] and it was exhibited at White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, London in 2013.[2] In describing the work, the gallery said "Hume ... positioned the three arms into an evocative group of forms that suggests both a bundle of limbs or a contorted hand."[2]

In 2014, it was one of nine works chosen from over 70 submissions for the inaugural year of The Line,[3] 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]


  1. ^ "Gary Hume". The Line. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Gary Hume: Liberty Grip (6 March – 21 April 2013)". White Cube. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Gary Hume Liberty Grip, 2008". The Line. Retrieved 2 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.