16 May, 2019
A morning cycle to Sugar House Island
Rachel, Artist in Residence at Sugar House Island talks us through her morning commute...
I cycle every day from Leyton to Sugar House Island and it is my favourite time of the day. Going through the Olympic Park is so peaceful, mornings are my favourite when the sun comes in from the east. There is a huge sense of space as you cycle through the park, when the sky is clear blue it is simply stunning and you can’t help but go slowly to embrace it, it is a perfect way to start the day! In the evenings there is dappled lighting from the light sculptures over the path that sway in the wind.
I cross the canal twice on my route and it is lovely to see the reflections and ripples in the water. It can get quite windy but being away from the roads you feel more connected to nature and the landscape, you almost forget you are in London. The planting fits in well with the landscape, it is very organic and natural. I like watching the buildings being developed and their different stages, there is a lot of development going on but it still feels spacious. The shape and movement of Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre works well when looked at when cycling and you get a real sense of movement.
In the evening it is really quiet as you head home, you only ever pass a couple of other cyclists and their flashing lights. Exploring on a bike is the best way to see new places, there are so many intricate ways over to Hackney, going through the marshes is like you are in the countryside and I love seeing people living on their houseboats as you cycle the tow path.
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