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Detail Landscape Installation, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, UK

Built: 2011-12

Client:
LOCOG
Walk in the Olympic Park

AOC were appointed by LOCOG to design the route, narrative overlay and landscape installations for the ‘Walk in the Olympic Park’ project.  We also worked with the Olympic Sustainability Partners and their design teams, establishing a design guide and curating the design of their individual pavilions featured along the walk.

Walk in the Olympic Park is a walking trail around the Park that tells the story of the transformation of the Olympic Park at Games time.  Many Olympics have created a new park but London 2012 is one of the first in which the Olympic venues are sited in the park itself. On a basic level Walk in the Park provides a pleasant stroll through the parklands, with their lush vegetation, swans, otters and other wildlife providing a gentle foil to the intensity of the sport venues and the main concourse. 

 

  The route can be joined by visitors at any point and aims to take them to parts of the park that they may not encounter on their core games-watching experience, offering an intimate experience of the parklands.

The trail is interspersed with installations, by AOC and others, that frame significant views and provide narrative about the site’s history and development.  AOC’s installations reused iconic ‘K6’ red telephone boxes to create distinct devices that framed views of the landscape.  The cast iron kiosks were cut, balanced, welded and buried, with cut-out steel text fixed into the glazing bars to provide a framing story appropriate to the view.

The trail was supported by LOCOG’s digital Spectator App and curated to include artworks from the ODA’s permanent commissions programme, interpretation plaques by RAA and factology benches by The Klassnik Corporation/We Made That