Artwork marks Olympic legacy in Sunderland

Councillor, John Kelly and Artist, Criss Chaney with staff showing off the new artwork at the Aquatic centre which was inspired by the Olympics.
Councillor, John Kelly and Artist, Criss Chaney with staff showing off the new artwork at the Aquatic centre which was inspired by the Olympics.
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A NEW artwork has given Wearsiders a lasting memento of the day the region enjoyed its own Olympic Games glory.

The Olympic Torch Relay passed through Sunderland in June, with the city marking its visit with a celebration event at Herrington County Park, before it moved on to Durham.

Now, a mosaic of images made by some of those who joined in the event has been collated to form an artwork entitled The Big Picture, which has been in the planning since 2011.

It is made up of more than 500 tiles designed with the help of artists Jo Howell, who led the project, Liz Shaw and Criss Chaney, and has gone on show at Sunderland Aquatic Centre, where it will be seen by hundreds of people every day.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for public health, wellness and culture, said: “The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the largest and most successful sporting event ever held in the United Kingdom,” he said.

“Here in Sunderland we shared in the nation’s joy as the Olympic Torch made its way around the country, and as part of celebrating this momentous occasion a huge event was held at Herrington Country Park.

“Now, thanks to the work of the team behind the Big Picture we have a fantastic memento of the day.” Jo added: “Along the way we taught a lot of people some new skills, encouraged everyone to be creative, met and worked with lots of people from the city, and of course we had an awful lot of fun.”