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Steles Queen Elizabeth Park London

Steles Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Research Centre
Art and Design Research Centre


Series of minimalist pop monoliths fabricated in PU elastomer and installed permanently in the tidal Waterworks River through the central section of Stratford's Olympic park

Commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority, this work continues Keith Wilson's argument for abstract sculpture's historic capacity for doing exacting jobs of public work as made in his 'Modern British Sculpture' exhibition (Royal Academy 2011) and related publications. He argues that it is the very abstraction of such works that allows them to absorb the plethora of functions and meanings required of contemporary works of 'Public Art'.

Steles comprises 37 large totemic sculptural forms coursing through the centre of the Olympic Park, rising out of the tidal waters of the river separating the Aquatics Stadium from the main Olympic Stadium.

Reserachers involved

Keith Wilson - Professor of Sculpture

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