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Aftermath 2012 - a tapestry of lies, destruction and theft

The Olympic Park is stuffed with public art designed to mystify and mislead the public, like Boris's folly, the Orbit, a helter skelter without a skelter, which was dreamed up when Boris met Lakshmi in the washroom at Davos in 2009 and was built using steel from the site of killings and torture at the Serb concentration camp at Omarska, Bosnia. The skelter is now being added to make it into what it failed to be in a desperate effort to rescue it from oblivion. Another is RUN, which imaginatively consists of three large letters R U N, while elsewhere there are some upturned crayons called 'steles' stuck in the River Lea.

In line with the need for art to explain and edify at sites where misunderstandings may arise about the project a mural has been painted on the 'hoarding' around the site now poshly renamed Chobham Manor, formerly the down at heel Clays Lane estate, which was knocked down along with the neighbouring student estate at Park Village and the Clays Lane Travellers' Site. These three sites are not described nor does their history feature in this 'historical' work. The tower blocks were part of the Park Village student estate, Clays Lane was, until just before the Olympics, a housing Co-operative and travellers have lived in the area around the River Lea from time immemorial. Other nearby significant local facilities which are not described include the Eastway Cycle Circuit with its beautiful park, the Manor Gardens Allotments and, of course, the disregarded but valuable industrial area.

The mural was designed, we are told, by some of the 'best artists working in London'. I thought it needed a little 'interpretation'.

Bayeux Tapestry - how appropriate, a tale of conquest, destruction and theftBayeux Tapestry - how appropriate, a tale of conquest, destruction and theft

Escapism! The slogan for the Legacy? Fits with the arrows. The sort of thing the Normans used against the escaping SaxonsEscapism! The slogan for the Legacy? Fits with the arrows. The sort of thing the Normans used against the escaping Saxons

'Living Space', possibly a rather unfortunate expression given some were removed to make way for others'Living Space', possibly a rather unfortunate expression given some were removed to make way for others

No, Leyton is not this neighbourhood and it's in a different Borough. This is Clays Lane which is not mentioned.No, Leyton is not this neighbourhood and it's in a different Borough. This is Clays Lane which is not mentioned.

Clays Lane, yes, people really did come together from all over the world to live there, not any moreClays Lane, yes, people really did come together from all over the world to live there, not any more

I don't think everyone talked to everyone else but if they did then better not to break them up surely?I don't think everyone talked to everyone else but if they did then better not to break them up surely?

No, Clays Lane wasn't a concrete jungle although Chobham Manor may be!No, Clays Lane wasn't a concrete jungle although Chobham Manor may be!

There was a really nice wild open space here, now there's 7000 tonnes of radioactively contaminated soil stored by the stadium!There was a really nice wild open space here, now there's 7000 tonnes of radioactively contaminated soil stored by the stadium!

oh a bicycle! but no mention of the Eastway Cycle Circuit and those tower blocks they loved, where are they now?oh a bicycle! but no mention of the Eastway Cycle Circuit and those tower blocks they loved, where are they now?

Chingford? What's Chingford got to do with it? 'Twenty years ago'? Tower Blocks were demolished in 2008.Chingford? What's Chingford got to do with it? 'Twenty years ago'? Tower Blocks were demolished in 2008.

Green and gold wash! Not the largest new urban park in Europe for 150 years and promise of allotments at Eton Manor brokenGreen and gold wash! Not the largest new urban park in Europe for 150 years and promise of allotments at Eton Manor broken

One big community? Everybody brought together? So where are the Travellers who used to live in the Olympic Park?One big community? Everybody brought together? So where are the Travellers who used to live in the Olympic Park?

What about local business? All the businesses they forced to move?What about local business? All the businesses they forced to move?

nobody left behind! True enough, they were all forced to movenobody left behind! True enough, they were all forced to move

Generation Rent or Gentrification after Regeneration? no wonder the guy's getting it in the neck with another arrowGeneration Rent or Gentrification after Regeneration? no wonder the guy's getting it in the neck with another arrow

"Work King Class"? London Accent Educated? Non Sense Ical"Work King Class"? London Accent Educated? Non Sense Ical

free tickets? the ones for the Olympic family, sponsors, politicians?free tickets? the ones for the Olympic family, sponsors, politicians?

Oh yes, no-one had ever heard of London before the Olympics!Oh yes, no-one had ever heard of London before the Olympics!

Another arrow heading straight for King Harold who's lost lost part of his brain? One in the eye for forward thinkingAnother arrow heading straight for King Harold who's lost lost part of his brain? One in the eye for forward thinking

Wood for trees? What does this mean? Can these artists see the wood for the trees?Wood for trees? What does this mean? Can these artists see the wood for the trees?

Lying Walls - monikers left on a fence at a place formerly called Clays Lane by some of the most creative tramps in LondonLying Walls - monikers left on a fence at a place formerly called Clays Lane by some of the most creative tramps in London


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