Friday, 27 July 2012

Richard Long's Box Hill Road River

One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Richard Long, has painted a 100m-long artwork on the Zig Zag road at Box Hill, Surrey. 

The artwork, called Box Hill Road River, is inspired by the traditional road graffiti chalked onto the road by fans at the Tour De France.

Long’s work is made from bright white road paint and will be a lasting legacy of the London 2012 Games in Box Hill.

The Olympic Road Cycling Race will take place in Surrey on 28 July (men’s race) and 29 July (women’s race).

Both the men’s and women’s races will include laps of the Zig Zag road at Box hill, taking in the spectacular views of the internationally important chalk landscape.

Richard Long and his artwork ©Brian Cleckner

About the artist

Richard Long has been working with the landscape since the 1960s. His work typically extends the possibility of sculpture beyond traditional methods and materials. He is also a very keen cyclist, and he has cycled many of the Tour de France sections.

Richard Long said:
'This is my way to celebrate the cyclists in the same tradition as fans paint the road with names and slogans on the mountain stages of the road races. I’ve been a life-long cyclist, and follow the Tour de France.'

The artwork viewed from the air during the practice day ©Brian Cleckner

Part of the London 2012 Festival 

The work was unveiled on Thursday 26 July 2012 and is a co-commission between London 2012 Festival and ourselves.

The London 2012 Festival is the finale of the cultural Olympiad and is in association with the Mayor of London.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

'This will be a fantastic sight as cyclists hurtle over Box Hill during the Olympic Road Cycling Race, an inspiring coming together of sport and art for the 2012 Games.'

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