To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, we are delighted to announce the installation of Diver by Ron Haselden here at Sugar House Island. Diver forms part of The Line, London’s first dedicated public art walk; an outstanding, free outdoor art gallery following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian.
Diver depicts a figure diving into water, with each stage of movement rendered in LED light for a dynamic ‘animated’ effect. Diver was created as part of the GAMES art project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympics. Originally commissioned by Artwise, Diver was the result of a series of animation workshops lead by the artist working with over 600 primary school children.
Artist Ron Haselden said: “I always think about the context of where my work is situated and I’m delighted that Diver will be located on The Line, near to the water at Sugar House Island and the London Aquatics Centre. I hope it will generate conversation about connections between art and sport and inspire a new generation of future artists and Olympians alike.’
Diver joins a number of installations nearby, which include The Living Line, Somang Lee’s 146m-long nature illustration and the Madge Gill: Nature in Mind outdoor exhibition. The artwork will be illuminated daily from dusk until 11pm.