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Wednesday 7 March 2012

London 2012 Olympic Mosaics

Flower Trail by Tom Green
Yesterday I went to check on the progress of The Olympic Stadium, the main venue that will be hosting the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in just a few months time. Although the site is still bustling with construction workers, you can get a glimpse of the tracks and warm up areas...looking at it really does make you feel like you can hear the crowds cheering! Along The Greenway which is a walkway beside the Stadium is a temporary exhibition space called View Tube where you can see maps of all the Olympic sites and what will become of the structures once The Games are over. As well as a shop and a cafe, there is currently a beautiful exhibition of 50 Olympic themed flower mosaics, all made from recycled materials by members of The British Assocaition for Modern Mosaic. The exhibition runs from 4th-30th March - most of the work is for sale (at very reasonable prices) and it is accessible from Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. 
The mosaics are displayed on a wall. They are so lovely, I wish I could give them all a home. I didn't take photos of all of them, just a few to give you an idea of the kind of work on display:
Moody Blues by Jan Waddington, £165

Homage to Klee by Norma Vondee, £250

Garden Lunch by Claudia Bini, £65
 And here's the stadium looking a bit apocalyptic.....
As well as looking forward to the creative side and buzz that will come with the Olympics I'm also very excited about the two new forms of transport coming with it - The Waterbus which is a small canal style boat running to the stadium, which you can view from The Greenway and most amazingly the UK's first cable car which will be running from Greenwich to the Excel Centre. The best bit is that I live in Greenwich and have tickets to an Olympic event at The Excel, so I will get to ride on it to cross the River Thames. Watch this amazing video to find out more about the cable car - it is fascinating stuff!
If anyone else has spotted some Olympic crafts in or outside London please do let me know!

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