Photograph: Roelof Bakke

Photograph: Roelof Bakke

 

In 2011, Green was commissioned by the 2012 Cultural Olympiad to create a portrait of Lord Sebastian Coe and the 24 Olympic sports in honour of the 2012 London Olympic Games.  

The final product were the commissioned portrait of Lord Sebastian Coe and a series of 24 images of the 24 Olympic sports on 4 different coloured Quasar frames™. The series was commissioned commercially by John Lewis Partnership and sold in 2012/13 online and in their stores during the Olympic year.

The series was bought by John Lewis for their flagship store, where it remains installed in their Stadium Suite overlooking the Olympic Park as an official part of the Olympic legacy. Tourists continue to go to the Stadium Suite and photograph themselves in front of the “image of the Olympics, which glows without power”.

 
 
 "Respect"

"Respect"

 "Leap"

"Leap"

 "Waves"

"Waves"

 "Glory"

"Glory"

 

Workshops

Because the London Olympic bid was won chiefly on the story of multicultural London, Green initiated workshops with underprivileged racially diverse children in North and East London. In these workshops, Green had students explore what their sporting and football heroes meant to them and how excelling in sport could motivate them. In these workshops, the participants created drawings which represented the 24 Olympic sports.

Quasar Frames

As well as exploring youth identity in London, Green examined the power and impact of the Olympic legacy and the symbolism of the Olympic torch’s never-ending light. Green then began looking into sources of sustainable light. After much research and experimentation, she found that certain fluorescent Perspex coloured sheets glow at the edges when overlaid by a light resistant screen covering all four edges of the surface plane. Under these conditions the light is refracted between the surface and the back of the mount, creating a glow around the frame.  Following the development of this innovative technique, Green developed the Quasar Frame™.

 
 The Olympic Portrait and Quasar Frames at John Lewis, Stratford

The Olympic Portrait and Quasar Frames at John Lewis, Stratford

 Sebastian Coe and Nicola Green

Sebastian Coe and Nicola Green

 Sebastian Coe, Nicola Green and children who took part in the  Olympic Portrait workshop

Sebastian Coe, Nicola Green and children who took part in the Olympic Portrait workshop

 Glowing Quasar Frames

Glowing Quasar Frames