David Shillinglaw’s ‘modern day Bayeux tapestry’

Design Week favourite David Shillinglaw has created a gigantic artwork for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, designing a piece with the bold aim of forming a ‘modern day Bayeux tapestry’.

Togetherness
Togetherness

While Shillinglaw is no stranger to working on a large scale (we loved his shed at Latitude Festival last year), this piece measures a whopping 385 metres.

Generation after generation
Generation after generation

Entitled Tapestry, it forms part of the Living Walls project, a participatory art programme for the Queen Elizabeth Park hoardings curated by Moniker Projects and Create. 

At first I thought it was a mess
At first I thought it was a mess

The piece will be in place for around three to five years.

Everyone used to talk to each other
Everyone used to talk to each other

Shillinglaw says,  ‘It’s an investment, not just a financial investment, but an investment into culture and to London, and to young aspiring artists and to everyone who sees this painting and walks past it.’

A diverse mix of people
A diverse mix of people

The mural depicts the story of the park and the people that live around it, showing their tales from the announcement that London had won the Olympic bid to the event itself, and into the future of the space.

EXCITING TIMES!
EXCITING TIMES!

It’s brought to life with Shillinglaw’s signature bright colours, strange figures and hand-painted type, with wonderful and often surreal symbols that look set to give the space a big, bright boost for now and the future.

David Shillinglaw launches Tapestry part of Living Walls at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
David Shillinglaw launches Tapestry part of Living Walls at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Tapestry can be seen at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST

Tapestry
Tapestry

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