London Olympics art tribute to Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young

06:30 22 January 2012

If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

Archant

Combine the words “run” and the “Olympics” and they conjure up thoughts of Usain Bolt, Carl Lewis and Linford Christie.

But the “RUN” being sculptured in three nine-metre-high letters at the London 2012 park at Stratford is art, inspired not by the fastest men on Earth but by the music of legendary rockers Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

Games chiefs want the artwork to become a focal point for the thousands of people who will be making their way through the park to the venues this summer and for decades afterwards.

The work, by artist Monica Bonvicini, is part of an Olympic Park scheme and is funded by the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority, and commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Each letter weighs 10 tonnes and is made from steel and reflective glass to give a mirror effect in the day and a “playful glow” at night through the use of LED lighting. The word “run” points to cultural references such as Velvet Underground’s song Run Run Run, Neil Young’s Running Dry and Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The dinosaur skeleton is being shifted from the museum by the largest animal to have ever lived on Earth.

Read more

New research finds that men are more partial to a posed self-portrait than women.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea

London Hilton on Park Lane is inviting couples to celebrate this Valentines Day over a deliciously romantic afternoon tea at Podium Restaurant and Bar. Taking inspiration from the highly popular Confessions of a Chocoholic Afternoon Tea, London Hilton on Park Lane presents the ultimate romantic afternoon out with its Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Valentine's Day in London

If you’re struggling over what to buy for the special person in your life in your life, our Valentine’s Day in London section is here to help.

Top Stories

Quizzes

[Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

It’s time to test your knowledge on the two London institutions: the Underground, and the boozer.

Read more
Adrian Chiles is no longer ITV's main man... so why not test your knowledge of some of his (and others') greatest gaffes? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With news of presenter Adrian Chiles’ sacking by ITV, it’s a good time to remember some of the most memorable punditry blunders.

Read more
[Image by Gary Tallowin]

In which we remember the stations that have gone before...

Read more