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 more 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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