The Olympic Seeds of Artistic Change
Outside each of the world’s embassies, people of that particular nationality are picking up daily tickets for their nation’s events. Up in Islington, by the headquarters of the Czechs, this lifesized bit of kinetic art syphons the British Olympic spirit through a particularlu Czech sensibility. The Routemaster bus is still doing push-ups accompanied by a lot of grunting and roaring engine, with its inner forces washing back and forth over its dot-matrix windows. Near me, a building has been entirely wrapped in slow-motion X-ray footage of swimmers that dive over and around the Victorian building.
It seems the Olympics have become something of an international art festival, with artworks appearing all over the city. But I particularly like the incredible amount of wildflower planting around the stadium that is also changing the capital’s attitude to summer flowers. The astonishing rainfall (unusual even for London) has turned the entire city green.