Monday, March 11, 2024

'Here' by Thomson & Craighead

London The Unfinished City
'Here' by Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead.

One of the pieces of public art, along the Olympian Way, that I nearly didn't notice was this custom signpost. 

Signposts are commonplace, no matter where you go, so at first I paid this one no mind. It wasn't until I saw a blue information post closeby, that I realised what the signpost was.

Brief History

Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead, both London-based artists, conceived the idea of 'Here' in 2011 as a virtual image for The Mini Museum of XXI Century Arts, on online digital platform. The concept was to mark the distance of the work from itself along a North/South axis. 

The physical sculpture, which was made to UK road standards two years later, marks the 24,859 mile (40,006 km) distance around the Earth and back.

The current placement of this sculpture is particularly relevant in its current location on the Greenwich Meridian line, which is located at 0 degrees longitude.

The dimensions of this public art are 264 x 82 x 12 cm (103 x 32 x 5 inches).

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