- Rachel Whiteread born 1963
- Screenprint on paper
- Image: 760 × 600 mm
- Presented by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012
This work is part of a portfolio of twelve prints by British artists that was commissioned by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The contributing artists were Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread. Creed, Hamilton, Hodgkin, Ofili, Riley and Whiteread were invited to create images for the Olympic Games while Banner, Craig-Martin, Emin, Hume, Morris and Smith created images for the Paralympic Games. The portfolio was produced in an edition of 150.
While Rachel Whiteread is best known for her sculptural work, drawing has always remained a critical part of her practice. She has described drawing as being like a diary of her work, whilst memory remains a key theme. For LOndOn 2O12, she has composed a pattern of overlapping rings in the Olympic colours. The rings extend the interlocking rings emblem of the Olympic Games, and also represent marks left by drinking bottles or glasses. They act as memories of a social gathering, such as the athletes in the stadium during the opening ceremony or the spectators watching the events at the Olympic Games.
Julia Beaumont-Jones, A Century of Prints in Britain, London 2017, pp.33–4, reproduced p.224.
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