Ravensbourne University made a bold but forward-thinking decision to move to the then barren, but developing, landscape of Greenwich Peninsula in 2010 with its unique building designed by Foreign Office Architects which now, a decade later, looks very much part of the urban landscape of this new quarter for London.
Nearby, Antony Gormley’s ‘Quantum Cloud’ sits like a huge swarm of bees on a pier out in the river – a sculpture created using computer algorithms and, if you look hard, you can see Antony Gormley’s silhouette at the centre of the 30-metre high structure
Installed in 1999, it was an important first artistic marker in the regeneration of the Greenwich Peninsula, along with what was then the Millennium Dome (now O2), with the most recent addition being Allen Jones’ colourful ‘Head in the Wind’, adding to works by artists including Morag Myerscough, Tatty Devine, Damien Hirst and Gary Hume, now linked by the new elevated urban park ‘The Tide’.
Allen has a paternal link to his artworks – perhaps understandable – c0mparing them to children which eventually you have to ‘let go’ – ‘they’re yours, but they grown up and become their own entities’.
It is good to see public art as part of regeneration and creation of public spaces, with a few Christmassy additions…and the changing programme of exhibitions of the excellent NOW Gallery which links art and fashion – reinforcing the identity of the area with organisations such as Ravensbourne and the new kid on the block – the Unit Outlet Mall in the O2.