Monday, February 19, 2024

'A Slice of Reality' by Richard Wilson

London The Unfinished City
View looking east.

Northwest of the O2 Arena, along Olympian Way, there is a vertical slice of a ship, stood next to the bank. It is a strange sight to behold, looking like the remnants of some ocean disaster, but it is not.

The clean lines where the ship has been cut allow you to see the inner decks, gangways and the inner hull.

As it turns out, this is no accident, but rather a sculpture by Richard Wilson.

Brief History

British artist Richard Wilson acquired the ocean-going sand dredger, Arco Trent, and carved a vertical 1/8th section of the ship.

He intentionally exposed the living quarters and engine room to the observer and the elements.

London The Unfinished City
Erected in the year 2000, as part of the celebration of the MillenniuM.

The piece was commissioned as part of the North Meadow Sculpture Project, in celebration of the MillenniuM.

Richard Wilson describes the work as "...communicating Greenwich's rich maritime history, whilst referencing the manner in which the line of the Meridian slices through the Greenwich Peninsula."

The dimensions of the sculpture are 21.34 x 10.6 x 8.84 metres (70 x 34.8 x 29 ft).

London The Unfinished City
View looking west.

It is definitely something to behold, should  you find yourself walking along the Olympian Way,  which is part of the Thames Path.

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