Following on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London has aimed to continue the legacy of growth and boost in artistic and sporting expression that the city experienced since then. From the very outset, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has included artworks as part of its architecture and landscape; instilling a sense of local pride and cultural ambition through the inclusion and creation of world-class art. Arts and culture projects involving local communities will continue as the Park evolves, including poetry performances, a mobile artist studio, free workshops and talks, festivals and further art commissions to take place throughout the Park, and in the surroundings areas.
An ambitious art project, Livings Walls was brought to life over the course of a year and stretches for over two kilometres throughout the Park. Displaying 40 new artworks specifically created for the Park by local artists, it was crafted with the active participation of residents, schools, and organisations from the local community, evolving into a work of art that brings creativity to the street on a grandiose scale. Recently completed, this is your chance to be among the first to go along and support such a worthwhile endeavour, jointly realised together with Moniker Projects and Create London. Moniker Projects have an impressive track-record of spearheading the combination of urban culture and artistic expression, holding an annual fair to bring together galleries, artists, collectors and the general public. An associate partner of The Barbican, Create London commissions and produces multi-disciplinary arts projects in east London to enhance social engagement, progress and improve the daily lives of the area’s residents.
Among the works on display are street artists such as Ben Eine with his section entitled “The Review”. With some of his work already hanging in the White House, Eine’s section of the wall here covers 400 metres and focuses on bringing together the past, present and future through adjoining adjectives painted in his trademark circus font. Mark McClure’s ‘Uphoarding’ celebrates the growing culture of recycling, up-cycling, sustainability and the increasing global awareness of these generations’ role in securing our future for the next ones. David Shillinglaw has come up with a modern-day version of the Bayeux Tapestry, as an illustration of the changing face and nature of this area of the capital. Jo Peel’s impressive commission incorporates the idea of a love story woven and lost in the chaos and beauty of today’s cityscape – Meet Me In The City is an intriguing depiction of crossed wires and lost connections, beautiful and arresting in equal measure.
Why not explore the wall yourself with a visit to the area, easily reached from our central location here at Amba Hotel Charing Cross; just ask one of our friendly members of staff or look it up on your in-room iPad!