Walk the Line: Public Art Breathes New Life into East London

The new sculpture walk near the Greenwich meridian is the best reason to venture east.

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Quantum Cloud, Antony Gormley (1999)

Sitting on a platform alongside the Thames and adjacent to the O2 Arena, Gormley’s cloud of steel wands stands nearly 100 feet tall. Squint and you’ll see a human figure at its core. Unlike the other sculptures in the Line, Quantum Cloud has existed in its space since 1999, but Piper sees it fitting in seamlessly. She recommends taking it in from different vantage points. “It’s a work that very much changes as you see it from above and around it, whether you’re on the Emirates Air Line cable car or you’re walking on the Thames path.”