Sculpture for London 2012

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A new permanent piece of public art by internationally–renowned artist Monica Bonvicini will be installed in the north of the Olympic Park later in 2011, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has announced.

Three nine–metre–tall letters forming the word 'RUN' will be constructed on the plaza of the Handball Arena in the north of the Olympic Park. The sculpture will be made of glass and stainless steel, producing a mirrored affect that will change depending on the light and time of the day. During daylight, the letters will act as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings, and at night the letters will become more transparent and glow with internal LED lighting. Sarah Weir, head of art and cultural strategy at the ODA, said: " We wanted to commission a new and innovative piece of public art that would animate the plaza and be fitting for both the Games and the legacy of the Park. " A number of renowned artists were shortlisted for this commission but Monicas proposal was chosen by an independent and expert panel because it fulfilled all the ambitions for this key location within the Olympic Park. The sculpture is unique and ambitious but will be relevant and fitting – we hope it will help illuminate this part of the Olympic Park for many years to come. " The mayor of London Boris Johnson said: " Part of the greater legacy of the 2012 Games will be the Olympic Park, a magnificent green space for East London. The ODA's bold art programme will not only enhance the area and give it a strong identity, it will also play a large role in attracting Londoners and tourists long after the Games are over and support its regeneration. This ambitious programme and the calibre of art reflects the remarkable creativity of our city and particularly East London today. " Monica Bonvicini said: " Exactly 10 years ago, I had a solo show titled 'RUN, TAKE one SQUARE or two' which included the song 'Running Dry' by Neil Young and reminded people of the famous Velvet Underground song 'Run Run Run'. When I was asked to submit a proposal for the Handball Plaza in the Olympic Park, I was inspired by the many uses of the Park and it was a natural choice to return to these works and the word run. Its a great privilege to be commissioned for the Olympic Park, and to create a work that will not only be there for the Games, but that will be there for years to come. " Monica Bonvicini was selected as the winning artist by the ODAs Commissioning Panel last year and the proposal for RUN has now received planning approval. Work will start on the piece this autumn. The ODA is incorporating arts and cultural initiatives into the Olympic Park through a programme of permanent commissions and diverse projects, ranging from bridges and underpasses designed by artists, to planting schemes, large–scale facades, as well as artist–led community projects in the five Host Boroughs. Weir added: " By integrating arts and culture into the heart of the Olympic Park, we hope to help create a unique area that will give the existing local communities a sense of ownership as well as attracting new communities and visitors. " The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.

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