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).
'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.'
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