Large scale modern day Bayeux tapestry unveiled

Date: Monday 07 July 2014

Chobham Manor - Tapestry web

A 385 metre mural by artist David Shillinglaw has been unveiled at Chobham Manor, the first new neighbourhood on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

David Shillinglaw’s ‘Tapestry’ is part of the Living Walls public art programme curated by Moniker Projects and Create London, which comprises a variety of striking installations on hoardings around the Park in Stratford, east London. 

Tapestry is David’s modern-day take on the Bayeux tapestry, and represents the story of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through the eyes of the communities local to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Living Walls was commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation, with Tapestry also being supported by Chobham Manor LLP, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and L&Q. Living Walls is a major project that is part of the Legacy Corporation’s Arts & Culture strategy which aims to create world class art for everyone to enjoy in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Lindsay Edmunds, Producer at Moniker Projects, says: “Tapestry was a huge undertaking for David, who worked from a 15m easel and painted every inch of the 385m, and it looks incredible.

“More than 50 people of all generations in the local area were interviewed as part of the project, which saw them asked for their thoughts and feelings about their area pre-Games, post-Games and for the future. 

“Their responses provided David with the reference material he needed to tell the story of the local community’s journey from the announcement London had won the bid, to the end of the 2012 Olympics and beyond.”

Tapestry was unveiled by David at a special event held at Chobham Manor on Wednesday 2nd July, which saw those involved in the project have their first opportunity to see the installation. The overall Living Walls project is set to be completed later this summer, when all installations will be on show for the public to enjoy.

Andrew Harrington, spokesperson for Chobham Manor LLP, says: “Tapestry is an amazing piece of artwork that is truly rooted in the local communities surrounding Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

“I would urge people to come to Chobham Manor and the wider Park to discover the installations that form the Living Walls project – it really has to be seen to be believed!”