University of Westminster DS16, London, 2012


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Temporary sculpural suspended art installation in Victoria Park commissioned for the London Olympics 2012

AURORA was commissioned for the London Olympic's as part of a 'city dressing programme' aiming to showcase the capabilities of the capital's design schools. It was conceived and designed by students and tutors of the University of Westminster's design studio 16. The installation is a lightweight canopy made up of over 1500 bespoke manufactured plastic hula-hoops spanning between trees in Victoria Park.

The concept - initially a simple & playful reinterpretation of the Olympic Logo using a cheap and readily available piece of sporting equipment – developed formally, over time, into a complex cloud of interlocking rings. The result was a peaceful gathering point by day, and an animated, glowing spectacle at night.

As part of the studio ethos, students were heavily involved in the physical making of the project, both directing the prefabrication of the structure in collaboration with local manufacturers and also leading the installation on site. As part of the Olympic programme the legacy of the project was also key consideration with the hoops being donated between a number of charities both in London and further afield.


  • Begun: Jul 2012
  • Completed: Jul 2012
  • Floor area: 170m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £58,000
  • Funding: GLA
  • Tender date: May 2012
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN, United Kingdom

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