See the changing face of east London waterside

PUBLISHED: 12:01 08 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24 08 May 2014

Frank Creber East Village

Frank Creber East Village


Trace the changing scenes of east London from its industrial past to its present day development in a free exhibition at the ExCel Centre.

1921 Silvertown Skyline1921 Silvertown Skyline

The Walking on Water show runs until Sunday, providing a multi-disciplinary chronicle of the Lea River Valley and the Docklands.

In partnership with Grand Designs, the exhibition uses the idea of the hit Channel 4 show as a theme to show the ambition and innovation of regeneration projects.

Focusing on the developments and people of an emerging city, interactive works have been placed along The Boulevard at ExCel where visitors can embark on a tour of the area covering Trinity Buoy Wharf, the Royal Docks, Stratford and more.

At the heart of the exhibition stands a 200-piece work of art by artist Frank Creber that captures the essence of the project. It creates a dialogue with communities around the network of rivers and canals that make up Water City.

Elephants being lowered onto the docksElephants being lowered onto the docks

For more than 10 years Frank has been painstakingly collecting drawings and paintings to portray the passion and energy of the metropolis that has grown up around the district.

Author Dr James Lewis’ new book London’s Lea Valley and the Great War will also be launched.

The narrative brings together previously undocumented tales of how local industrial scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs made such a huge contribution to the outcome of the conflict.

Combined with stands from various development associations in charge of the district’s changing façade and accompanied by live music, the exhibition provides an insightful depiction of the future.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to get involved during their visit by giving their views on the changes and how to further involve local communities.

Walking on Water runs daily until 6pm, and closes at 5pm on Sunday.

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