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Ravensbourne students complete Olympic folly in Greenwich Park

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[First look + project data] Undergraduate students from Ravensbourne College have finished this sculpture, inspired by the London skyline, close to the Olympic Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park

Commissioned by Greenwich Council and LOCOG, the folly has been built on Maze Hill near Allies and Morrison-designed Equestrian venue.

A contest was launched with local school children invited to submit proposals based on Greenwich landmarks and the winners selected to work with Ravensbourne College students to realise the scheme.

Ravensbourne College students' Olympic Jump installation in Greenwich Park, south east London

Ravensbourne College students’ Olympic Jump installation in Greenwich Park, south east London

The designer’s view

Iconic landmarks from across Greenwich erupt and dissolve back into the serpentine curves of the Thames as it cuts its path across the Olympic Equestrian Games site.
The site for the installation spans across a tree lined grass slope with views across the city to Canary Wharf and the Thames. The final design comprises familiar landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory & the O2 fused together by the Thames, which dissects the whole composition. The sculpture measures 16 x 11m with the masts to the Cutty Sark rising to a height of 4.5m above the terrain.
The primary structure is fabricated from approximately 200 sheets of 12mm ply slotted together to form a 400 x 800mm lattice. Key elements of the structure will be clad with ply ‘skins’ to enhance the legibility of key landmarks for an international audience, whilst retaining the more abstract qualities of the structure.

Ravensbourne College students' Olympic Jump installation in Greenwich Park, south east London

Ravensbourne College students’ Olympic Jump installation in Greenwich Park, south east London

Previous story (AJ 12.07.2012)

Ravensbourne students reveal Olympic folly in Greenwich Park

[First look + project data] Undergraduate students from Ravensbourne College have worked with school children to design this London landmark-inspired sculpture close to the Olympic Equestrian venue in Greenwich Park

Commissioned by Greenwich Council and LOCOG, the installation is located on Maze Hill close to the 74-hectare park’s Allies and Morrison-designed Equestrian venue.

A contest was launched with local school children invited to submit proposals based on Greenwich landmarks and the winners selected to work with Ravensbourne College students to realise the scheme.

Scheduled to complete next week, the winning design features famous local landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, O2 arena, Thames Barrier, Royal Observatory and Old Royal Naval College connected by the River Thames.

The 4.5 metre-tall installation, known as the Olympic Jump, features a ply lattice construction and CNC cut elevations.

 

Project details

Client:Greenwich Council & LOCOG
Design team: BA (Hons) IDEAs (Interior Design Environment Architecture) & Architecture students at Ravensbourne with Children from Greenwich Schools
CNC Fabrication: Stringer
Installation:Ravensbourne Students supported by London Eventing

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