27 April 2012
Last updated at 18:04
An illuminated artwork as tall as a house and inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young has been switched on to mark the completion of 26 new arts installations in the Olympic Park. RUN, by artist Monica Bonvicini, is situated on the plaza of the 6,500-capacity Copper Box.
The artworks have been created through the Art in the Park programme and include this one - a poem by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, which commemorates the history of the Eton Manor site in the north of the park. Of the works, 24 will be permanent features in the park after the Games.
“Art has been built into the Olympic Park from the start as we set out to deliver a truly new and inspiring place within London,” said ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone. “By working creatively and closely with both up-and-coming and established artists we have created a series of exciting focal points across the site.”
Other art includes Ackroyd & Harvey’s entrance marker trees – comprising of a collection of 10 semi-mature trees, each with a bespoke metal ring weighing up to half-a-tonne suspended in the crown and engraved with words specific to the history of each site.
Inter Alia - abstract bronze forms - were created by Turner Prize winning artist Grenville Davey and developed workshops with local residents drawing on the idea of finger prints and ‘leaving your mark’.
“The ODA have done an amazing job of putting art at the heart of the Olympic Park,” Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival, said.
Brick Fields and Carpenters Curve was created by British artist Clare Woods. Her large scale paintings reflect the history of the site in its former state. The funding for Art in the Park was provided by the Greater London Authority, Arts Council England, London Development Agency, and Forward Arts Foundation.