Sculpture and Sport: An Olympic Celebration for 2012 at London's Oxo Tower Wharf

By Ruth Hazard | 03 August 2012
A photo of a silver sculpture of a male athlete running forward on huge silver spikes
John Buckley, Blade Runner© Photo: Neil Thayer
Exhibition: Sculpture and Sport: A Celebration for 2012, gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, until August 12 2012

While Team GB may be firmly focused on gold, for the 125,000 people who have already flocked to see this exhibition at its showings in Oxford and Bath, it’s been all about bronze.

A photo of a small, well-crafted white sculpture of two fencers engaging in combat
Sue Freeborough, Fencing© Photo: Neil Thayer
Thirty British artists were commissioned to create sculptures of 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports, with participating sculptors including Paul Day, Jilly Sutton, Hamish Black and Terence Coventry.

Each artist liaised with representatives of the national governing body of their chosen sport, allowing them to understand its dynamics and characteristics.

The resulting designs were cast in bronze by Europe’s leading sculpture foundry, Pangolin Editions.

The artists, selected from across the UK, employ a diverse range of approaches and styles, highlighting the depth of talent that exists within contemporary British sculpture.

All the pieces are available for purchase, priced from £2,500 to £6,000, with profits donated to the Youth Sport Trust and the British Paralympic Association, who work to support disadvantaged and disabled young people.

  • Open 11am-6pm. Admission free.
More pictures:

A photo of a dark-coloured sculpture of a tiny cyclist on a bike going up a tyre line
Alan Dun, Cycling© Photo: Neil Thayer

A photo of a brown sculpture of a male crouching on a disc
Nigel Ellis, Shot Put© Photo: Neil Thayer

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