Where: Canary Wharf, Jubilee Place Mall
What: Floor mosaics representing the trades which historically existed on the Isle of Dogs (Docklands). There are 17 mosaics – 13 originals and 4 new additions.
There are 17 individual examples, some of which include:
- Ships captains arriving in London were often given a bribe of a beaver hat to use one wharf rather than another
- The fishwives of Billingsgate market had an awesome reputation for their foul language and ribaldry
- The original Canary Wharf took its name from the tomatoes, fruit and potatoes imported there from the Canary Islands
- Dockers in the carpet warehouse were more skilled in identifying origins than experts in museums.
- Three million pounds of feathers were sold annually before the first world war.
- London used to be known as the City of Ships. A thousand vessels a week passed through the docks.
- The trade in tea, coffee and chocolate created a huge demand for porcelain cups and saucers
Material: stone and glass mosaics
Date: 2003 and 2013
Artist: Emma Biggs
- Canary Wharf website, Emma Biggs Wharf Walk
- Artist Emma Bigg’s official website
- A detailed look at the project from the artist
- Pdf map of public art in Canary Wharf