Aluna Autumn Equinox

As regular readers will know, I’m a huge fan of Aluna, a project to put a piece of art that actually means something onto the Greenwich Peninsula. It’s a giant lunar clock, powered by the Thames tides, on the Meridian line – a thing of beauty, born a few metres from the line (in Trinity Buoy Wharf) that is part of, instead of inspite of, its surroundings.

The plan is to put it on the North West part of the Peninsula – I can’t quite work out from the sketch:

but it looks to be a part of the new Cruise Terminal. It’s described as a public landing pier (perhaps a stop for the Clipper from the Cruise Terminal).

I like that you be able to walk directly up to it and that what is still currently an intruiging industrial landscape (and one of my favourite parts of the Thames Path, especially the charming guerilla knitting) won’t be entirely unbroken luxury flats when they finally build all over it.

The latest newsletter is out (I just love that they’re written to time with the lunar year), which has a site-specific image in it showing Aluna set in its own public park next to what looks remarkably like a new Clipper stop:

It looks more and more as though it will happen, which is great news – I’ve been watching this project for some time. Do check out the newsletter.

Of course the more interesting things that are on the Peninsula, the more use the cable car will get. The Standard (quoting the News Shopper, which depresses me ┬ámore than I can say, for so many reasons) reported yesterday that there’s less than 10% capacity on the sky-trolley at the moment – this has to improve so that I can keep playing on it for years to come. I look at it this way – for years North Greenwich tube station was like a ghost town – and look at it now. All that needs to happen is more stuff at Victoria Dock.

Boris was clearly watching Field of Dreams when he came up with the cable car. I truly hope that now he’s built it, they will come.

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4 Comments to “Aluna Autumn Equinox”

  1. Fatty Fatty BumBum says:

    I would also like to see the cable car being a success.

    However I don’t see how it will be commercially viable as the areas it links are not yet major tourist destinations unless there are events taking place at the O2 or ExCeL and the route does not help commuters unless you literally live at North Greenwich and work at the Royal Docks.

    Hopefully, like the Barclay’s bikes, a sponsor will meet the operating shortfall along with central government funds. It cant cost THAT much to operate surely.

  2. I hear you – and yes, at the moment there’s bugger-all to see on the other side (I keep meaning to go to that new Siemens building). But it used to be like that at the Dome too. When it was just a lost, white elephant, it was completely deserted. Now there are flats, shops, restaruants,an arena, a college, offices etc. it’s heavily used pretty much all the time. There is much room for expansion at Victoria Dock. Put some more things to do, places to eat, drink and live, and people will begin to see it as a viable proposition.

    I agree it’s never going to be a massive commuter thing – but it COULD be more used by other sectors, if there was more reason to.

    It’s also currently the only passage across the Thames at that place for cyclists.

  3. Old China says:

    Hooray, you’re back! Only just noticed. Looks like I’ve got some back reading to do.

    The clipper terminal looks ace.

    I raved about the cable car to some visiting friends recently. I practically frog marched them to it. Unfortunately it was a few weeks ago during some appalling weather and when they got back off the kids were in tears and the parents traumatised. Whoops!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I love the cable car but I agree there is nothing to do once you get to the other side – not even somewhere to get coffee – unless you fancy sitting outside londis.