Playful and Subversive Olympic Public Art in London's East End

© Sarnath Banerjee Gallery of Losers (non performers, almost winners, under-achievers, almost made-its)

More Olympic public art...with a little less of the official party line. It's not all about winning; some are losers too.

We can all relate a little to Indian artist Sarnath Banerjee's billboards dotted around east London. They are one of six new public art projects produced by Frieze Projects East. They have been placed in the local communities in the east end. They are not for your average Olympic tourist; they are for the people who actually live there.

© Sarnath Banerjee Gallery of Losers (non performers, almost winners, under-achievers, almost made-its)

Everyone (sort of) loves a loser.

© Sarnath Banerjee Gallery of Losers (non performers, almost winners, under-achievers, almost made-its)

Banerjee’s humorous billboards depict his own failed forays into amateur sports, alongside better- known partial successes in Olympic history.

© Gary Webb Squeaky Clean

This lovely climbing sculpture is the one practical piece. Installed in a local park alongside other children's play pieces, it is built from steamed wood, polished aluminum and cast resin. It's a nice mix of public sculpture with brightly coloured modular playground equipment.

© Gary Webb

Called 'Squeaky Clean', the colourful resin balls make it playful and enticing for children to climb.

© Klaus Weber Sandfountain

‘Sandfountain’ looks like a traditional three-tiered fountain but instead of shooting out streams of water, it propels sand! Watch our for your eyes. It's a visual pun and unexpected spectacle. There may be a reference to global warming here (sand not water) and because of the way it works, eventually it will erode itself away.

© can altay Distributed

Twenty large, mirror-ball like sculptures are placed on doors in 12 public buildings in the borough of Waltham Forest. The grapefruit-sized knobs are meant to be touched, used and handled, as they will be since they are installed in places such as the Town Hall and the YMCA. They'd look nice in someone's house too.

According to figures released, more than 12 million people have attended arts events over the past six weeks under the umbrella of the Cultural Olympiad. Pretty amazing.

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