The Olympics in 2012 are proving to be a huge inspiration to the artistic community of the United Kingdom. One of the most intersting projects is called Art in the Park which consists of 26 new pieces of art commissioned and installed in the Olympic park in London.
This is an illuminated sculpture which is about the size of a house and has been inspired by pop culture and the artists Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. They are sited in what is now known as the Olympic park and there are some truly stunning pieces of art here. This wonderful place is approximately 500 acres in size and bordered by a collection of large trees each with a huge metal ring around them.
The rings are 6 metres in diameter and supported partly by the English Oak trees, each of the rings are inscribed with local memories in order to capture some history in the display.
All the Olympic buildings and arenas have some artistic value but one of my favorites is the Steles (Waterworks). You can find these along the river which flows through the park. They are serious of brightly colored sculptures and their vivid colours contrast and punctuate the landscape in the park.
They are difficult to describe and I couldn’t find a decent photo of them but it’s probably best to say they are a sort of pop monolith. They remind me of some sort of marker showing the way to the games – fantastic.
I’ve been following all the build up to the games on the BBC and am very excited about it all. I probably won’t be back in London for the games themselves but have figured out how to use technology to watch it outside the UK. If anyone is interested I followed the advice on this post – Get BBC Iplayer Abroad.
Whatever the occasion though it’s been truly inspirational seeing some of the art projects that have been completed – wild, vivid and exciting stuff.