Art in the Park
RUN art installation on the Olympic Park
There’s a wide range of imaginative and inspiring art and culture installations across the Olympic Park – make sure you take in some of the sights.
These projects demonstrate the ingenuity and imagination that artists have brought to the look and feel of the Park.
The Spark Catchers
The Fun Palace
Fast, Faster, Fastest
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Located in Orbit Circus in the south of the Olympic Park, the Orbit is London’s major new visitor destination – both during the Games and beyond.
The design and constructionThe search for a permanent artwork on the Olympic Park was instigated by the Mayor of London’s Office, which invited more than 30 international artists to submit their ideas for a sculpture of up to 180 metres tall.
Following a lengthy selection process, the Orbit – designed by internationally acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor – was chosen. As well as promising a unique moment and experience for visitors, the spiralling red structure successfully represented both London and the UK, and was reflective of the five Olympic rings.
Construction of the Orbit started in November 2010, and was completed by April 2012.
The Orbit experienceThe Orbit is more than a work of art – it’s an entire experience. After going through the small, intimate entrance to the Orbit, visitors make their way into an elevator with viewing portholes, which takes just 30 seconds to pass through the Orbit’s twisting form and reach the viewing platform 85 metres high.
Once it’s reached the platform, visitors can step outside the lift and experience the Olympic Park in a whole new light – as well as enjoying stunning views of London’s cityscape. It’s also possible to look straight down the centre of the Orbit to the ground below – though this isn’t recommended for the fainthearted!
To conclude the experience, visitors are encouraged to stroll down the spiral staircase that twists through the Orbit, enjoying even more amazing sights.
Visiting the OrbitAn Orbit ticket alone will not give you access to the Olympic Park. Please only purchase a ticket for the Orbit if you already have a ticket for the Olympic Park or for a sport session in the Olympic Park. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.tickets.london2012.com
After the Games, the Orbit will close and re-open in late 2013, when it will give even more visitors the opportunity to experience it.
London 2012 Megastore
With over 2,500 different products, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir. Whether porcelain tea cups, posters, mascots, t-shirts, pins, key rings, watches, bracelets, notebooks, caps right or limited edition memorabilia – we have something for everyone!
The Megastore will also showcase have the entire Olympic Venue Collection that has been designed and developed especially for spectators at the Games, and is available exclusively at London 2012 venues. Focusing on sport specific and supporter products, this range of products will be truly sought after.
In addition to the Megastore, there are three further London 2012 shops in the Olympic Park, providing convenient locations for you to do a spot of shopping and pick up a supporter’s kit so you can cheer on your team.
The London 2012 Megastore and shops will be open from 8am to 11pm every day of the Games. The shops will be busy most of the time, but queues may be shorter if you visit earlier or later in the day.
In addition to a wide range of London 2012 gifts and souvenirs, the Megastore offers a Ship Home service managed in conjunction with UPS – London 2012’s official logistics partner – as well as tax-free VAT recovery service for overseas visitors.
Visit the online London 2012 Shop or find your nearest London 2012 store
Walk in the Olympic Park
To enjoy Walk in the Olympic Park, you need a ticket to the Olympic Park or to a sports session on the Park.
Whether you have time for a 30-minute stroll or a three-mile walk, it’s the perfect way to explore the Olympic Park and all it has to offer – just follow the butterflies along the trail.
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