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Photo by the artist

If there were water…
If there were only water amongst the rock…
If there were the sound of water only
TS Eliot, The Wasteland

With the help of a dowser, artist Amy Sharrocks re-mapped one of London’s oldest rivers with the help of a group of Londoners, attempting to reclaim this great body of water and prompt a different understanding of our landscape. Tracing the course of the buried Walbrook River from its source in Islington to its mouth at the River Thames, this public walk thronged the pavements with people, who were joined together by the waist for the duration of the walk.

Tracing a memory of water through built up London streets, Walbrook made its way through the heart of the City, and across the Bank of England itself. If there were only water amongst the rock…

Strangely exhilarating… London’s hidden rivers, they never really disappear.

Time Out


Date and time

19 June 2009

Please note
This is now a past event.


Highbury + Islington Underground (starting point)