LB Tower Hamlets
Poplar (E14)
Clove Crescent
Distance (N) from Greenwich
OS map detailsOS Explorer: 162
OS grid refTQ 38622.80866
WGS84 lat/long51.509726, -0.003868
Marking date1992
AccessNormally unrestricted (land not in public ownership)
Greenwich Meridian Marker; England; LB Tower Hamlets; Poplar (E14)


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Best viewed from above, this sculpture by David Jacobson has a diameter of 50 metres and was given the name Meridian Metaphor. It incorporates 10 granite blocks salvaged from the old docks. Designed as a representation of the planet, a key element, as originally conceived, was the water, which could be interpreted as representing the Earth’s oceans. Unfortunately, this feature has now been boarded over. The last images sets to feature the water were taken in 2008. In recent years, the sculpture has been marred by the presence of a coffee van which intrudes upon its space and seems to have become an almost permanent installation. The 2006, 2007 and 2011 image sets contain detailed photographs of the granite blocks, one of which is signed David J 91.

David Jacobson – sculptor, artist