Twelve specially commissioned posters to celebrate the Olympic (first six pictured) and Paralympic Games (second six) were unveiled at Tate Britain today.
The artists were selected by a panel drawn from LOCOG and Tate, aiming for ‘artistic excellence’. The brief encouraged them “to celebrate the Games coming to London and to look at the values of the Olympic and Paralympic games.”
What do you think? On first look, we’re quite keen on Whiteread’s Olympic rings, Craig-Martin’s stopwatch and the Smiths’ ‘Love’.
We will continue to champion the clean and modern designs of Alan Clarke, though (come on, TfL!)
If you want to find out what the posters are about, you can look up their blurbs online. A full set has been gifted to the Queen for the Royal Collection, the Government Art Collection to display in 10 Downing Street and the British Council to showcase overseas. You can buy prints of them for £7 a pop at the 2012 shop.
It was also announced today that Martin Creed will get another Olympic big-up, when his Work No. 1197: All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes is performed throughout the UK — ie cometh the hour of the campanologists — to celebrate the first day of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the London 2012 Festival, and to welcome the 205 competing nations to the UK.