Pip Horne Studio

Olympic Park

The proposal is a sculpture tower approximately 75 metres high. The site commands a central position in the Olympic Park London

Inspired by the Olympic rings the sculpture consists of five ascending steel spiralling ribbons that unravel from the ground. Each of the ribbons rise at a different wavelength and intertwine and weave gently upwards. From a distance its curves and bends at first appear random but to view it up close or to look up from the centre of its base reveals its concentric movement.

The ribbons are made from polished and textured stainless steel which in the changing daylight will animate and dissolve as if in a dance. This is further enhanced at night by using fibre optic lighting which is integrated within the nodes of each ribbon and extend upwards the entire length.

The sculpture will be an iconic image easily seen from all parts of the Olympic Park and beyond. Its form and meaning may be interpreted as a crossover between culture and nature. The Olympic ideal of ‘swifter, higher, stronger’ is manifest in its composition evoking the sensuousness of muscle and sinew and the pursuit of excellence. Conversely it may be seen as the fire or flame that ignited the Olympic movement.

The proposal is to be an aspirational and long lasting symbol for the park and its unique identity.


East London, 2009
collaboration with Shirazeh Houshiary
unrealised