Olympic art unveiled at Hackney Museum

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Monica Bovicini's RUN. Photo credit: Olympic Delivery Authority

Three huge Olympic artworks have been revealed to the public in the Hackney Museum’s new exhibition.

A collection of images in the ‘Mapping the Change’ show casts the works of art commissioned for the Games in a dramatic light.

Hackney artist Martin Richman leads the way with ‘One Whirl’, a bridge and underpass emblazoned with frenetic patterns created from recycled glass.

The other works are Monica Bonvincini’s much-talked about nine-metre-high letters, spelling RUN, and the beginnings of Fantastic Factology; plaques with a series of wacky facts on benches to be spread though the Olympics site.

Mapping the Change is a history project the about the people of Hackney and the impact of the Olympic and Paralympic Games on their lives. By working with community groups, local artists and individuals to produce photographic, digital media, text, and audio based records, the project charts changes across the borough and people’s responses to them.

Councillor Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care and Culture said: “Mapping the Change will provide a real insight into the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for future generations.”

The Hackney Museum opening times:

Tues, Weds, Fri: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Thur: 9.30am – 8pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm. Closed: Sun, Mon and Bank Holidays.