PROJECT: OLYMPIC MASCOT 2012

CLIENT: WILD IN ART / GLA / LOCOG

The 'Stroll: Discovery Trails' took place in London during the summer of 2012, to coincide with the Olympic & Paralympic games celebrations. Presented by Greater London Authority (GLA), the trails featured around 80 life-size Wenlock and Mandeville sculptures (the mascots of the Olympics and Paralympics respectively), all painted with different themes/styles to reflect a journey of discovery through the capital city.

OBJECTIVE: I was commissioned by Wild in Art, who produced the sculptures, to create a design for one of each of the mascots. I was supplied with a set theme for my designs but given free reign in terms of look and feel.

The theme allocated for my Wenlock mascot was 'Park Cycling' - I decided to feature lots of different cyclists riding around a green space on the paths which circumnavigate the sculpture's body, with a purposely limited colour palette.

 The mascot was painted in a small corner of my home, and here is a time-lapse movie to show the whole painting process from start to finish...

 Detail shots of the finished sculpture, before going out on location

Detail shots of the finished sculpture, before going out on location

For the duration of the trail which ran from 27 July - 9 Sept, 2012, this mascot was located in Grosvenor Square. London. Following the trail, all the mascots were auctioned with proceeds going toe Lord Mayor's charities.

The Paralympic 'Mandeville'I painted for the same project had a Victorian Square theme and can be seen here

 

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