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London 2012 Olympic Park Appoint Resident Artist

An artist, Naville Gabie, has been appointed for 16 months to oversee a number of projects in the London Olympic Park in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said that his work will focus on the changing nature of locations and diverse communities who live and work in them.

The ODA said the projects would honour London’s history as well as capture the aspirations for the future.

Sarah Weir, from the ODA, said: ‘With the Olympic Park undergoing the “big build” phase, this is a special time for an artist to be on site and get under the skin of this unique regeneration project.

‘We were looking for an artist who would be able to respond to the physical transformation of this part of London, honouring the history of the past while also capturing the changing nature of the present and the aspirations for the future.

“We hope that Neville’s work with the workforce and the communities around the park will help continue to foster a sense of ownership and local involvement.”

Mr Gabie’s previous art projects and residencies include four months in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and three years on the Cabot Circus Development building site in Bristol.

Speaking about his appointment, Gabie said: “This project brings together things that I have long been passionate about – the diversity of community, engagement with people and place and a shared experience of sport and play.”

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