Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated singer-songwriter Scott McFarnon has re-imagined Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line to celebrate London’s newest art walk, The Line, which launches on Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 23rd May. The track will be released in support of the non-profit outdoor arts project, with a portion of the proceeds from the single being donated to The Line.
I Walk The Line is a multilayered music video told through the perspective of Thomas J. Price’s poignant 9ft bronze sculpture Network in its new location on The Line. It explores the myriad experiences along the three-mile scenic sculpture walk along the canals from The O2, through the Royal Docks to Three Mills in East London.
The Line, which will bring high-quality artworks out of warehouses and into the public realm, will feature a selection of sculptures from a host of other distinguished artists including Damien Hirst, Martin Creed, Gary Hume and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Scott McFarnon said: “Through this version of ‘I Walk the Line’ we’re hoping that even more people will want to experience The Line, which is a fantastic addition to the UK’s cultural landscape. It’s also great to be raising funds for something that will bring so much joy to Londoner’s and visitors alike. As a huge Johnny Cash fan, and a lover of art, it’s an amazing project to be involved in.”
McFarnon’s track for Beyoncé, ‘Once in a Lifetime’, which featured on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Cadillac Records, was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award. Daniel Merriweather’s version of McFarnon’s song ‘Red’ was released in May 2009 and became a top #10 hit in the UK.
Tuesday’s co-founder, Ed Swinburne, said: “Collaborating with The Line to release what we feel is a fantastic take on a legendary artist’s song is a perfect example of our ideals and the mutual benefit of working with a great campaign for a good cause.”
The artworks will be placed around The O2, the Royal Docks and along the River Lea and canals. Visitors will be able to joinThe Line at any point along the route to explore the three miles of waterways. The Royal Docks and The O2 are linked by the Emirates Air Line cable car, which offers extraordinary views of the city from London’s highest observational platform directly above the Thames.
The Line will officially launch with an event at Cody Dock on May 23rd from 3pm-7pm that will feature guided walks, talks and live music, exhibitions, films, a garden party and drinks and food stalls.
The Line is being led by urban regeneration expert Clive Dutton OBE and contemporary art dealer Megan Piper, with support from award-winning architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Renowned sculpture expert Carolyn Miner has recently joined the team as curator of the project.
The launch of The Line will include the following sculptures:
Work No.700 by Martin Creed
DNA DL90 by Abigail Fallis
Sensation by Damien Hirst
Liberty Grip by Gary Hume
Vulcan by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Network by Thomas J Price
Consolidator #654321 by Sterling Ruby
Here by Thomson & Craighead
Untitled (The Thing) by Piotr Uklanski