First Images of 30-tonne Olympic Park Artwork Show Scale of Spectacular Project

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Work has started on installing an iconic artwork in the Olympic Park that was inspired by popular music – including the songs of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

First images of 30-tonne Olympic Park artwork show scale of spectacular project

First images of 30-tonne Olympic Park artwork show scale of spectacular project

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

Work has started on installing an iconic artwork in the Olympic Park that was inspired by popular music – including the songs of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

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). Images, released by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), can be viewed here

The artwork is set to become 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. It forms part of the ODA’s Art in the Park programme and is funded by the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority.

It features three nine-metre-tall letters forming the word in capital letters, each weighing ten 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.

Bonvicini’s choice of the word RUN is a reflection of cultural references such as popular music titles, including The Velvet Underground’s Run Run Run, Neil Young’s Running Dry and Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

Dennis Hone, ODA Chief Executive, said: '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.

'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.'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: '2012 will be a summer like no other, with a myriad of fantastic events taking place right across London. This wonderful sculpture is just one example of inspiring new artwork that will form part of a lasting cultural legacy for the benefit of the capital, long after the Games have left town.'

Monica Bonvicini said: 'It's exciting to see the work finally start on site after being awarded the commission in Summer 2010. RUN 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.'

Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival, said: 'The ODA have done an amazing job of putting art at the heart of the Olympic Park. RUN will not only be a wonderful piece for visitors to enjoy during the Games, but also leave a lasting legacy for years after. Through the London 2012 Festival we are building on this platform, programming a celebration of arts and culture for the whole of the UK in the summer of 2012.'

Notes to Editors:

RUN is funded by the Greater London Authority, the London Development Agency and the ODA.
Monica Bonvicini was born in 1965 in Venice, and lives and works in Berlin. She studied art in Berlin and Los Angeles. She has been a professor for Sculpture and Performative Art at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna since 2003.
Monica Bonvicini’s work includes drawings, sculptures, installations, videos and photographs that explore specific conventions and investigate the relationship between space, power and gender.
Bonvicini was the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums and institutions such as Hayward Gallery, London (2010); The Art Institute of Chicago (2009); Museion, Bolzano (2009); Lenbachhaus Munich and Kunstmuseum Basel (2009), the 48th, 51st and 54th Venice Biennial (1999, 2005, 2011); 1st and 3rd Berlin Biennale (1999, 2005); and Secession, Vienna (2003).
Her large scale work, ‘She Lies’, was installed in 2010 in Oslo‘s harbour as a permanent work that floats opposite Norway‘s national Opera House.
Bonivinci also has two other exhibitions coming up. They include Max Hexler, Berlin and a drawing survey show at the Museum Abteiberg, Germany.

For further information please contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 700

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