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London’s Olympic Park to get street art-style 'Bayeux Tapestry'

Artists to create sections of 3.5km-long mural

How the Olympic Park might look by 2030

Moniker Projects, a London-based company that represents and works with street artists, has won a commission to create a 3.5km-long mural for the Olympic Park in the east of the city. The London Legacy Development Corporation announced the winner last week as part of its £300m project to transform the site into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The mural, which costs £500,000 and is being funded by the mayor’s office, is due to be created on hoardings that will be put up around building sites in the park. Around 8,000 homes as well as other facilities are being built as part of the legacy of the Games.

Different artists will create sections of the mural, which is due to be on view for up to five years. London-based David Shillinglaw and the artist duo Best Ever will create a modern-day Bayeux Tapestry depicting the history of east London. Mark McClure, a London-based graphic artist, plans to create a tableau using recycled bits of wood found in the Olympic Park as well as donations from local schools. Called Up-hoarding, McClure’s mural will respond to the strong history of carpentry in the area; Carpenters Road runs alongside the park and the Building Crafts College has been in Stratford since 2001.

Building Bridges, by the local urban artist Jo Peel, will reflect the actual construction in the area, including the building of two foot-bridges; while the fourth project, “Your Ad Here”, will consist of billboard advertisements for local businesses, created by a mixture of big-name and emerging artists.

Adriana Marques, the arts and culture principal at the London Legacy Development Corporation, says Moniker Projects was selected because of its ties to the area—many of its artists have produced outdoor works in the East End. “The artists Moniker works with are at this interesting intersection of contemporary and urban art practice, and we felt that was very accessible and relevant to the site,” she says. Part of the park reopened in July, with other areas to follow in phases. The mural, which is being produced in collaboration with the non-profit organisation, is due to be unveiled next summer.

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