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). Mark no longer present
Greenwich Meridian Marker; England; LB Tower Hamlets; Poplar (E14)


Currently viewing images from 16 Aug 2016
Click to choose image set
05 Jun 2018
16 Aug 2016
11 Sep 2015
13 Nov 2011
12 Oct 2008
08 Feb 2008
31 May 2007
19 Nov 2006

Originally installed in 1992, this sculpture by David Jacobson is understood to have been removed (temporarily?) at the end of May 2018. Best viewed from above, it had a diameter of 50 metres and was given the name Meridian Metaphor. It incorporated 10 granite blocks salvaged from the old East India Docks. Designed as a place for people to congregate, it was a ritualistic representation of the planet, a key element of which, as originally conceived, was the water, which could be interpreted as representing the Earth’s oceans. Unfortunately, this feature was boarded over between 2008 and 2011. The last images sets to feature it were taken in 2008. In later years, the sculpture was marred further by the presence of a coffee van which intrude upon the space and seems to have become a semi-permanent installation. The 2006, 2007 and 2011 image sets contain several detailed photographs of the granite blocks, one of which is signed David J 91.

David Jacobson – sculptor, artist