YOUR 2012 opens Friday at the Museum of London DocklandsJuly 18, 2011 About my museum job, Blogs, Community, Exhibitions, Your 2012
If you have been following our blog updates throughout the development of our YOUR 2012 display, you will know that a number of visitor hosts from the Museum of London Docklands have been visiting the Olympic site at Stratford, East London since February 2010 capturing in photographs the construction work and its impact on the landscape and community.
From Friday, 20 of these images will form a free display at the museum.
In planning the display the hosts soon realised that they would not be able to feature all of their images and indeed ongoing work at the site after the selection process for display had been completed could not be included.
With this in mind, it was decided that the museum’s online resources such as its blog pages and social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter would be a great platform to share additional images and ensure that the ongoing story of the site could be featured in a virtual extension of the YOUR 2012 project.
Here, one of the display curators and visitor hosts, Dave Matthews, shares three images and insight from a visit to the area over the weekend:
Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower is getting larger by the minute. Every day it seems to take on a new twist!
Even at this early stage, it appears to be towering over the main stadium. When the project is completed, the tower will offer a viewing platform 115 metres (337ft) high.
As Newham’s regeneration projects gather pace, you can’t help noticing all the new planters and baskets full of striking flowers – quite a contrast to all the building work still going on in and around Stratford. No matter which corner you turn, there is evidence of change, and with the addition of the flowers, Stratford feels vibrant and colourful.
The Time Spiral, as it is officially known, can be found outside Maryland Station. This winding structure contemplates themes of time and space and will eventually be lit up. This twisted steel clock, created by artist Malcolm Robertson, originally stood outside Stratford Station. It was relocated to Maryland Station to make way for the new pedestrian bridge that links to the Olympic Park.
Be sure to check back regularly for more updates from the project.