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Illumination of Olympic Park RUN artwork marks completion of Art in the Park installations

  • Date: 27 April 2012
  • Area: London

An illuminated artwork as tall as a house, weighing 30 tonnes and inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young was last night switched on to mark the completion of 26 new arts installations in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The works have been created through the Olympic Delivery Authority's Art in the Park programme, of which Arts Council England is a key partner.

RUN, by internationally-renowned artist Monica Bonvicini, is situated on the plaza of the 6,500-capacity Copper Box, the new name for the London 2012 Handball Arena. It is the largest standalone artwork on the Olympic Park, at nine metres tall.

Bonvicini's choice of the word 'run' is a reflection of cultural references including the song titles of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, Neil Young's Running Dry and The Velvet Underground's Run Run Run.

The RUN 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 more than 300 metres of energy efficient LED lighting that will reflect off a series of internal curved mirrors.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director, London of Arts Council England, said: 'The Olympic Park is one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for some time. The arts and culture have a central role in creating unique places that enhance people's lives; this is what the park sets out to do this summer and for many years to come. We are thrilled to have played our part in putting the arts into the very fabric of the area.'

To download the full Art in the Park programme, visit the London 2012 website.