Stratford Olympics

A Station Musical for Stratford


This project was inspired by the nearby 2012 Games, artists Ella Gibbs and Amy Plant led a series of workshops with children from Carpenters Primary School – the closest school to the official Olympic site – as well as station staff and passengers. The result was a staggering 50 metre frieze which was shown in the mezzanine window at Stratford Underground station, reflecting the local pride, diversity and culture of the Stratford area.

By working across a range of media including film, photography, drawing, writing and dance, the artists encouraged participants to explore the memories, hopes and ideas they have for Stratford, past present and future. The resulting frieze is a visual statement for a ‘musical’ – a reference to Stratford’s historical connection to the birth of the music hall – expressing what it means for Stratford’s community to be a key part of the monumental events happening six years ahead.

Photos: Daisy Hutchison, copyright Art on the Underground, 2006


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