by Monica Bonvicini
Monica Bonvicini was commissioned to design a flagship artwork for the Handball Arena as part of the the 2012 London Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) ‘Art in the Park’ programme.
Monica designed three nine-metre tall letters forming the word ‘RUN’. The sculpture will be made of glass and stainless steel.
In daylight, the letters will act as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings, and at night the letters will become more transparent and glow with internal LED lighting.
Monica’s inspiration for the work comes from musical references such as ‘Running Dry’ by Neil Young and the Velvet Underground song ‘Run Run Run’, which have also influenced her previous work. Inspired by the many uses of the Park, it was a natural choice to return to these works and the word ‘run’ for this permanent work.
RUN is the largest standalone artwork on the Olympic Park at nine metres tall (30 feet) and is situated on the plaza of the 6,500-capacity Copper Box
“It’s exciting to see the work finally start on site after being awarded the commission in summer 2010. RUN is already blending in perfectly in the landscape, avoiding monumentality through the mirroring of the surroundings. At night the psychedelic light reflections will illuminate the work in an exciting, elegant and witty way, reflecting the great liveliness of London.”
– Monica Bonvicini