07 December 2011

2012 Olympics Poster Art

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

How do locals feel about the Olympics coming to the London area in 2012?




To be honest, the public isn't real keen on funding an Olympics during these tough economic times
and London has already hosted 'The Games' two times prior

And it is not like London craves the international spotlight with last year's Royal Wedding
and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this June

People are concerned about the transportation reality during those three Olympic weeks next summer

But it has motivated London to upgrade its subway system,
the oldest underground railway in the world (since 1863)




Interestingly, there is a large variety of official Olympic Games posters for sale

This one is my fav...




English painter Bridget Riley arranged colors in horizontal stripes
to represent the direction of athletic tracks and swimming lanes

I just love it

Fancy a look at other 2012 Olympics posters?
View them here


Catch some interesting Olympic scoop from my previous post here

17 comments:

Francesca said...

Gorgeous, I have to come to England for this! Hello from Rome, Italy!

beetree said...

I can't believe it's that time again! We were traveling through Europe during the 1996 Games when they were in Atlanta. It was so interesting to see people gathered around street vendors with little t.v.s watching the Olympics at 11:00pm. I totally get London's local response- they've been very busy lately...I love that Riley stripe poster! :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I just hope it will not be a disaster, fingers crossed.

TexWisGirl said...

i guess i wouldn't be looking forward to it either.

Ola said...

This is the same here - I do not feel ok with the fact that in times of crisis our government spends money for football Euro 2012...

Hines-Sight said...

I love the first one. Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing.

loveandlilac said...

I like the Bridget Riley too, partly because that hideous London Games logo can hardly be seen! I work in central London and I still feel very positive about the games - although the shock of the London bombings which followed the excitement of the announcement is still poignant for many Londoners.

Robyn said...

very cool poster!
I agree though-London doesn't need it. However at the time, when it got announced, I cried. yes...strange. but i don't live there. Last year, I met Londoners in South Africa who were already moaning about the transport disruption and how LTA couldn't possibly cope.

Jenny said...

Love the posters- but I absolutely hate that hideous mascot they've created. Looking forward to the games myself & happy to have tickets to gold medal football!

RachelM said...

there's a small possibility we'll be in england this summer during the olympics. i'm always a big fan of the olympics, so in theory, it would be an exciting time to be there...but just this morning was wondering if that would really be the case. timely post! during the 2010 vancouver olympics, we drove from seattle for the day, just to see the scene. i think there were mixed feelings about it all for them, too, and i know they ran into a few issues...but when all was said and done, it seemed like people were enjoying it all! (but then again, that is from the outside perspective of this olympics fan!) :)

Joyce said...

Hmmm...thinking I need a poster now : )

greenthumb said...

Great posters, when Sydney had the olympics all of the Sydney siders had such a great time and it all worked well.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

During my daughter's first year in college she told me how much she adored Bridget Riley's work, so I bought her an art book which she still proudly displays. :)

ann said...

My friend and are hoping to travel to England next spring after school, mid-May, but we haven't made any sort of plans yet, so we may not make it. Don't like the Tube. Traveling underground is very unnatural. Took a peek at the posters--all I can say--Ah those post modernist artists. I look forward to more about the Olympics.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wow, am I out of it...I didn't realize that the games would be in England this year. The poster is really neat.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@Love and Lilac: Thank you for reminding me about the terrorist attack. I know the excitement of winning the Olympic bid followed by the bombing the next day shook the country to its core.

Zosia said...

Warsaw and Poland shares the sentiment. We (and the Ukraine) are to host the Euro 2012 soccer championships. Currently, Poland is one big construction site with a lot of new highways being built or improved and also new stadiums and hotels being constructed for the sole purpose of the games. It is getting frustrating for travellers, but in the end we will end up with better roads - a thing very much needed in the country without major highways.