London 2012: Work starts on giant artwork project at Olympic Park
Work on the six-week installation of giant Run sculpture at the London 2012 Olympic Park gets under way
Work has begun on installing an “iconic” artwork in the London 2012 Olympic Park that was inspired by popular music.
Run, created by internationally-renowned artist Monica Bonvicini, will be the largest standalone artwork on the Olympic Park and will be situated on the plaza of the 6,500-capacity Copper Box – the new name for the London 2012 Handball Arena.
London 2012 organisers are hopeful the artwork will be a significant point of interest both during the Games and for years afterwards, when the Olympic Park is opened up as Britain’s largest urban park for over a century.
Run features three nine-metre-tall letters forming the word in capital letters, each weighing 10 tonnes. The letters are constructed from steel and reflective glass ““ producing a mirrored effect during the day and a “playful glow” at night through the innovative use of LED lighting that will reflect off a series of internal curved mirrors.
It will take around six weeks to fit all the components to the letters, including the glass and 305m of energy-efficient LED lighting.
“The Run sculpture will not only become an attraction for the Olympic Park during the Games but also for years to come as a focal point for the many thousands of visitors that will come when the Park is transformed after the Games,” said Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive Dennis Hone.
“The ODA’s Art in the Park programme has strived to commission original and meaningful works and Monica Bonvincini’s unique installation will capture both the imagination and attention of spectators and visitors passing it.”
Artist Bonvicini added: “It’s exciting to see the work finally start on site after being awarded the commission in Summer 2010. It will blend in perfectly in the landscape, avoiding monumentality through the mirroring of the surroundings. At night the psychedelic light reflections will illuminate it in a vigorous, elegant and witty way, reflecting the great liveliness of London.”