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Giant green sculptures welcome arrivals to Stratford’s East Village

Pupils from Chobham Academy look at Pupils from Chobham Academy look at "Old Woman" on display in the East Village.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
12:00 PM

A pair of giant green sculptures have joined the new arrivals heading into Stratford’s East Village.

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"Old Woman""Old Woman"

The duo, imaginatively named “Old Woman” and “Little Boy” have been installed outside the East Village Management Office for new residents, existing local communities, and visitors to Westfield and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to come and enjoy.

The 22 feet-high woman and 13 feet-high boy arrived from the South Bank Centre and have been made using a timber and metal wire framing covered by a plastic topiary material.

The impressive artworks will be lit up with LED floodlights to provide low-level illumination of the characters sculptures that feature the duo sweeping.

The colossal figures created by Shipshape Arts draw inspiration from the 2011 London Riots and the idea that, ‘If every man would sweep his own doorstep, the city would soon be clean.’

Further green guests will arrive in East Village next year when another sculpture, ‘Neighbours’ depicting two people engaging across a fence, will be installed in Victory Park.

Derek Gorman, Chief Executive of Get Living London commented: “As the former Athletes’ Village, East Village is no stranger to impressive figures so we’re delighted to welcome our 20-foot tall new guests to the neighbourhood.

“With our first new residents now moving in, we have a range of arts and cultural activity planned to help bring East Village to life and these sculptures are a fantastic first addition to the neighbourhood.”

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