The Olympic Seeds of Artistic Change

London, The Arts


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.

4 comments on “The Olympic Seeds of Artistic Change”

  1. Dan Terrell says:

    Agree with you. The summer flowers are great. All the green is, as well. Plants add to a city, blur the hasrsh lines, change the smells and the air… and change the people.

  2. Dan Terrell says:

    Addendum: The NYT’s Weekly Review section has a great piece on using the autocorrect function, which can be hard to turn off. It’s tiled “Auto Crrect Ths!” True and funny.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    I don’t have an autocorrect and something tells me I’m glad. (Only 4 more days, Dan!)

  4. Dan Terrell says:

    Amazon says I’ve got two days only, but we’re talking two mail systems; and my postman is really nice, but has a pair of bad knees. He also likes to chat. I may have to go down with a beach chair and sit far up the street from the mailbox.
    Wishing you luck, Helen.

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