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DNA sculptures in London – walking tour

by Eva Amsen

This summer London is host to another series of artist-decorated sculptures. After elephants, buses, and book benches, this time the theme is DNA! Join me and other local science communication folks on a walking tour on July 26.


The sculptures, in support of Cancer Research UK,  will be on display around London until early September.

A group of science communicators will be talking a walk along the sculptures on Sunday July 26. We’re using the #ukscitweetup hashtag on social media to coordinate. There were a few requests for a later date, so if you want to do the same walk on another day, feel free to use the same itinerary as below and organise a walk on another day, using the same hashtag. (Anyone can start a #ukscitweetup meetup!) The weekend of August 15/16 was when the other batch of people was available, so that would be a good time.


The itinerary for July 26
There are a few points where you can join in during the day. If you plan on coming along, please leave me a comment below or use the #ukscitweetup hashtag on Twitter to let us know where to expect you.

We’ll be following the route described below, and you can join at sculptures 1, 6, 16, 17 or 20 at the marked times.The map with all sculptures is on the CRUK website.

If you just want to come to the pub, meet us at sculpture 20. Exact pub is yet to be determined, but it will be near Kings Cross & St Pancras station.

If we’re running late for a meeting point, someone will tweet using the #ukscitweetup hashtag, so keep an eye on that if you’re trying to find us halfway.

Walking times are based on Google Maps, with some added time for pictures, searching, buying drinks and food, etc.

You can also download the itinerary as PDF


Sculp1START and Meeting point for leg 1:

Join here to see 20 or 21 sculptures, and walk for about 3 to 3.5 hours

11:20 at sculpture 1, located at the South steps of the Royal Albert Hall (SW7 2AP)

Walking route: Sculptures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (in order)

Duration: about 1 hour


sculp6Meeting point for leg 2:

Join here to see 15 or 16 sculptures, and walk for about 2 to 2.5 hours

12:30 at sculpture 6, located inside Victoria station, near WH Smith (SW1E 5ND)

Walking route: Sculptures 6, 7, 8, 16

Duration: about 40 minutes


sculp16Meeting point for leg 3:

Join here to see 12 or 13 sculptures, and walk for about 1.5 to 2 hours

13:15 at sculpture 16, located inside Waterloo station, near M&S (SE1 8SW)

Walking route: 16, 15, 14, 12, 13, 9, 10

Duration: about 1 hour


Optional detour to Sculpture 11 (by Ai Weiwei) or have a lunch break J

Walking route: 10 (Bond Street station) to 11 (near Goodge Street station) to Oxford Street Station.

Duration: about 30 minutes. This sculpture is near a lot of restaurants, so lots of opportunity to grab a bite to eat here as well.


sculp17Meeting point for leg 4:

Join here to see 5 sculptures and walk for about half an hour. If you were on the previous leg, you get here using the Central Line from Bond Street, or from Oxford Street if you did the detour.

3:30 at sculpture 17, near St Paul’s cathedral (EC4M 8AD)

(Note: there are two sculptures near St Paul’s. This is the one by Andrew Logan, called “Birth of the Universe”, shown to the right.)

Walking route: 17, 18, 19

Duration: about 15 minutes


sculp20Final meeting point for last two sculptures and the pub

Join here to see 2 sculptures and walk for just a few minutes.

Get here from the previous leg by taking a tube from Barbican to Kings Cross.

4:15 at sculpture 20, inside Kings Cross station (near Leon)

Walking route: 20, 21, PUB!



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