Not Struck On The Donkey Jackets, But Apart From That…
Am I the only one who found this rather wonderful and oddly touching? The shot was taken in the Olympic Park to recreate Georges Suerat’s ‘Bathers at Asnieres’ and uses construction workers from around the project with the bathers replaced by landscape gardeners, engineers, designers and security staff.
The original iconic painting was created in 1884 by the French post-impressionist and is housed at The National Gallery, London. It’s a study version that hangs in Chicago (see comments).
It bodes well for more elliptical ideas loosely attached to the Olympics in the months ahead, hopefully based on people, buildings and art. I vote for giant Sooty and Sweep puppets behind placed over the Gherkin and the Shard, Captain Pugwash in the olympic pool and Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men at the Chelsea Flower Show. I’m sure we can find places for Beryl the Peril, Professor Quatermass, the St Trinian’s girls and Barbara Windsor somewhere.
And before anyone points out that they’re not donkey jackets, please note that I am paraphrasing from another national treasure, Victoria Wood.