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Olympic Art Gets Its First Draw: Keith Wilson's Crayons

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Keith Wilson's 'Steles'
Keith Wilson's 'Steles'

Giant crayon-shaped sculptures are adding a splash of colour to the Olympic Park waterfront as the first pieces of artwork to be completed at the venue.

Visitors to the South Park in Stratford, east London, will be able to spot the line of 35 pillars, each between 10ft and 16ft in height, rising directly from the tidal waters.

The work, entitled Steles and made from the same material as navigational buoys, is the brainchild of Hackney-based artist Keith Wilson.

The bright blue, brown, green, orange, and red pieces will also serve a dual function after the Games, as mooring posts fastened to pontoons for boats along the waterway.

Mr Wilson said: "These sculptures stand ready to serve old functions in a new way.

"They connect the parkland with the river, the canal and by extension the wider world.

"They provide a sense of place and occasion, anchoring memories of many a good day out.

"These colourful totems will help create a distinctive identity for this newest and boldest of London parks."

Simon Wright, the Olympic Delivery Authority's venues and infrastructure director, described it as an "original and meaningful" commission aimed at helping the Park become a great place to live, work and play for decades to come.

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