This is a statue of Sir Steve Redgrave in the town where I grew up. This is also my friend’s arm. This is BECAUSE IT’S ONE YEAR UNTIL THE OLYMPICS.
A unifying sporting event that champions excellence and participation for people of all abilities is fantastic. However, issues with mega-events, a short-sighted attitude to the role of the arts in documenting and maintaining the process of change, the commercialisation and devastation of exisiting communities and a generally narrow view of the true benefit you could unlock from having this event in this country can’t be ignored. In particular, concerns about gentrification and the privatisation of apparently public spaces (already a huge, often hidden, issue) and the displacement of the people whose history and legacy is being undermined, potentially for the celebration of a short-lived event, pose deep concerns. People are resisting.
I don’t think it’s cynical to flag these things up: and seeing as the games are yet to arrive, and the ‘legacy’ yet to emerge, there is still time to tackle at least SOME of these issues.
In other words Olympics: YES, the London 2012 Olympics Logo: NO, because it really does look like Lisa Simpson fellating Bart.