Students jump for artist

STUDENTS from the University of East London braved the cold weather so that their best jumps could be captured on camera.

It was part of a project by artist Clare Newton to create the World’s longest photograph.

For those who missed the opportunity to jump their way into the history books, however, Clare is holding a family jump event on Saturday at the Stratford Greenway opposite the Olympic stadium. Everyone is invited to come along and bring their kids, grandparents and even the family pet.

Clare said: “The turnout at the university was fantastic. Despite the cold and the snow everyone made an effort, I must say a special thank you to the volunteers who were amazing.

“It’s quite scary and daunting to pull something like this together so I’m thrilled that UEL is getting right behind me and giving me this fantastic support.”

More than 400 staff and students turned out to jump over the course of three events despite the weather.

The final photograph, which will use the latest cutting-edge technology to create, could measure as much as 10 metres high by 1.5 kilometres long. Once completed, it will be displayed at the ExCeL exhibition centre during the Olympic Games. Each participant will be clearly identifiable in the final piece and contributors are invited to sign their image at the exhibition, which is expected to draw crowds from around the world.