The Stadium of Close Looking is a 1:10 model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium refashioned as a drawing salon, similar to that of The Slade Drawing Room at the Royal College of Art. Its plywood timber structure has been constructed locally by Spazio Legno on the island of Giudecca, and its legacy will see it reinstalled in a school or another creative space in Venice. This mirrors the intended Legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which promises to provide opportunities and facilities for five east London boroughs after the Games are over.
The rungs of our Stadium of Close Looking hold objects salvaged from building sites in London - bits of brick, stone and ceramic - as well as natural materials collected in Venice, such as leaves, seeds and shells. Drawing boards, paper and pencils are scattered throughout, encouraging the visitors to look in detail at their enviroment in much the same way that Ruskin obsessively observed, sketched, drew and re-drew, the stones of Venice's architectural fabric.
Each day we collect a vast number of sketches; some are technically excellent, others are less successful but nonetheless energetically attempted. Others still are fantastical renderings of some dream world or visions of Venice outside the Giardini, to accompany the many philosophical musings, cartoons, signatures, scribbles and amusingly detailed anatomical diagrams.
Here is a collection of our recent finds (censored!)
[The Penguin Pool at London Zoo by Tecton/Lubetkin must not be inappropriately altered in any way. It is a unique sculptural achievement of reinforced concrete and it does not matter if the penguins refuse to mate]