Organizing an Outdoor Sculpture Trail in East London

I blogged earlier about the idea to create opportunities for commuters to enjoy art while commuting. It turns out that a group of artists in London are actively raising funds for a similar type of project.

In the Evening Standard they refer to the project as “the Line of Beauty”; I’m not sure if that is the official name or not. I think they chose that name because the riverside trail they are looking to utilize, as the location for the sculptures, runs along the Greenwich meridian.

The project is attempting to leverage the fact that all museums and many private collections have a great deal of art that is not on display. It remains to be seen how much of that art in storage is suitable for an outdoor exhibition. A key question, for these types of projects is how do you protect the artworks. They don’t give many details in the news item but they do have this to say on security:

Aren’t artists or collectors nervous about donating? Although the works will be insured, floodlit and under constant, monitored CCTV surveillance, they will still be vulnerable to those who want to climb or scrawl on them. “In the end, if you feared graffiti no one would put anything anywhere,” he says. “And artists want their works to be seen.”

The Line sounds like a cool project; I wish them the best of luck. Here’s a summary of the project from Mark Wallinger:

Wallinger talks about the experience of walking through a beautiful, little-known part of London, adorned with fabulous shapes. “I can’t emphasise enough that it’s a different perspective. It’s like seeing London afresh. And there is something about those waterway routes that feels like an exciting discovery. It’s not like tramping along known roads. It is a more mysterious and exciting way of knowing your city.”