Inspiring arts. Enhancing culture.

Come and explore the rich variety of artworks that adorn the Park, inspiring a spirit of creativity and cultural adventure.

From the very outset, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has included artworks as part of its architecture and landscape; instilling a sense of local pride and cultural ambition through the inclusion and creation of world-class art. 

The 26 artworks have been made to be experienced in the landscape, both up close and from afar. Some are large and striking while others are smaller and harder to find, but they are all inspired by the many histories of the area and reflect the Park’s identity as a place for people from around the world and from around the corner.

Download Art in the Park Field Guide here.

Arts and culture has continued to be an important part of the Park’s story with a rich programme from 2013 – 2016 of events, festivals, and commissions working with the local creative community and world class artists, ensuring that an inspiring cultural legacy continues as the Park evolves.

This programme has covered a huge range of activities from ‘Newton’s Cottage’, a sculpture echoing the form of the lock keepers cottage that once sat at Carpenters Road Lock, to The Great British Carnival in 2014 marking the midway point between the London and Rio Olympics attended by 40,000, to the East London Mobile Workshop, and SPOKE, a new visionary poetry and spoken word programme which appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London in 2013. This has also included the creation of a new centre for art, technology and sustainability to the west of the Park, at the White Building

In coming years our cultural legacy will be delivered through the creation of a world class Cultural and Education District on the Park, that will bring together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.

  • East London has a world class reputation for art, culture and creativity, and the Park sits at the centre of that tradition. Just as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will act as a driver for economic growth, we want it to support the area’s creativity, providing opportunities for local artists and inspiring future generations with the development of a world class cultural and education district.

    This cultural legacy will ensure exceptional art and culture for all to enjoy, build on the heritage of the area by enlivening our public spaces and connecting with local communities, and supporting cultural infrastructure ensuring that artist and organisations continue to have workspaces.

    Foundation for FutureLondon

    Foundation for FutureLondon is a visionary and inspirational charity created to help realise the potential of the Park's Culture and Education district which will see University College London, University of the Arts London, Victoria and Albert Museum with the Smithsonian Institution and Sadler’s Wells come together on the Park.

    Foundation for FutureLondon is focused on raising philanthropic contributions towards this ambitious project. Find out more about the work of the Foundation for Future London at

  • The Local Programme was a year long project to explore how the Park could be used in the future, and how it could continue to make and nurture local connections. Working with locally based organisations, groups and individuals between 2014 and 2015, 16 diverse projects delivered 354 days of activity across the Park with events, workshops, walks, performances and installations, which engaged with over 31,000 Park visitors.

    This programme proved that people make the place, with activities designed to bring people together, capture imaginations and to inspire. The projects encouraged exploration and ownership of the Park’s landscape through being on the ground and actively taking part, and reinforced some of the physical routes and connections to the surrounding neighbourhoods.

    The publication below summarises the diverse programme, with the details and stories behind each project, and hopes to guide others to the wealth of community, talent and creativity based in east London and inspire what is possible on the Park.

    Local Programme: A Year of Park Activity

    The Flaneur

    One of the Local Programme projects invites you to take 21 minutes out of your day to slow down and discover the Park like you never have before. Courtesy of local composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch.

    Download the audio trail and map here
  • Spoke is a new visionary poetry and spoken word programme that will offer people in east London an opportunity to watch, perform and develop careers in spoken word and performance poetry in and around the Park.

    Commissioned for the Park and surrounding areas, the programme is being developed by A New Direction together with Spread the Word and Apples and Snakes.
    Spoke has created the post of the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London, a flagship initiative to support the young voices of the capital.

  • Two kilometres of artworks created for the Park hoardings with the active participation of local communities, businesses and schools over one year.

  • Internationally renowned artists Monica Bonvicini designed three 9m tall letters forming the word RUN out of glass and stainless steel as a flagship artwork for the Park. In daylight, the letters act as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings, at night the letters glow with reflective internal LED lighting.  

    Bonvicini’s inspiration for the work came from musical references such as ‘Running Dry’ by Neil Young and the Velvet Underground song ‘Run Run Run’, which have also influenced her previous work. Inspired by the many uses of the Park, it was a natural choice to return to the word ‘run’ for this permanent work. 


  • A series of permanent poems installed throughout the Park, including new five poems commissioned for the Park as well as one existing poem nominated by the public.  

    You can find these engraved and carved around the Park – Tennyson’s Ulysses outside Chobham Academy, Lemn Sissay’s The Spark Catchers and Carol Ann Duffy’s Eton Manor in the north of the Park, Jo Shapcott’s Wild Swimmer along the Park’s waterways, Caroline Bird’s The Fun Palace on the Podium in the south of the Park, and John Burnside’s Bicycling For Ladies near Lee Valley VeloPark. 

  • Martin Richman

    This commission by Hackney-based artist Richman is inspired by the energy of the Games and the flow of the water that runs through the Park. It can be seen on the bridge towards the Timber Lodge Café in the north of the Park and has been created from recycled glass.

  • This major art commission by renowned British artists Ackyroyd and Harvey consists of the planting of ten semi-mature trees, each supporting a large bespoke metal ring, to mark the entrances to the Park.  

    Each tree has a large bronze or stainless steel ring – 6m in diameter and weighing up to 500kg – securely suspended within the tree canopy, and over time the branches and ring will slowly fuse together.  Each ring is engraved on the interior with text capturing the particular history of each location. 

    Local artist Lucy Harrison worked with Ackroyd and Harvey to make audio recordings with people who live or work near to each of 10 trees planted to be listened to in those places. The tracks are available to download from this website as MP3 files

     History Trees has been supported by Arts Council England.

  • Klassnik Corporation, We Made That, Riitta Ikonen

    A series of plaques on benches across the Park, each displaying a ‘fantastic fact’ which were gathered from the public during workshops and events in spring 2011.

    Nuggets of knowledge, from astrology to zoology, draw on the broad experience of the local community and global specialists from a variety of fields. These will be statements to excite, bewilder, inform and inspire for years to come.  

    Visit the website at

  • A series of beautifully made bronze plaques are sited throughout the Park’s walkways, sharing information on the Park’s wildlife, history, design and architecture. Each plaque is illustrated with a raised image, perfect for making a rubbing and taking home as a souvenir of your day in the Park.

  • Carsten Nicolai

    This artwork which can be seen from a distance next to the Velodrome was created by internationally renowned artist Nicolai, who transformed the five Olympic rings into a low-frequency oscillation sound wave. Using the colours of the sunset the artwork was digitally printed onto this security fence and creates a visual landmark for the north of the Park.

  • Heather and Ivan Morison created these new artworks which sit in the Tumbling Bay playground in the north of the Park. Inspired by caves and shelters, the sculptures feel like urban relics among the new parklands. 

    A film about the making of the artworks, directed by 19-year-old Muzzammil Hashmi, and worked on by young filmmakers from East London alongside Eelyn Lee Productions, was commissioned to document its creation. 

  • New York artist Miya Ando was commissioned by UK-based educational charity Since 9/11 to create an artwork to commemorate the 9/11 attacks in New York. The artwork, which is located close to the London Aquatics Centre, was formed from a piece of 9/11 Twin Towers steel recovered from Ground Zero in New York, gifted to the UK by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2010. The charity’s 9/11 Education Programme, founded by the charity teaches students about the events, causes and consequences of 9/11, and encourages respect and harmony between young people of all faiths, religions and races.