Olympic Portrait


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

Green researched the power and impact of the Olympic legacy, particularly the symbolism of the Olympic torch and its’ never-ending light. This inspired her to create an artwork which would also serve as a sustainable light source. Green developed the Quasar Frame™ - a pioneering frame with a dual functionality as a method of displaying images and as a sustainable no-carbon source of light. Images or text are presented in a frame which emits a remarkable light, as if powered by electricity. However this glow is created by the internal refraction of light through multiple layers of Perspex and requires no use of electricity or power other than from ambient light. Nicola Green Ltd is the sole inventor, producer and supplier of this unique and environmentally friendly product.

Green created a series of twenty four images of the Olympic sports on different coloured, glowing Quasar Frames™. These images were so impressive and novel that they were commissioned commercially by John Lewis Partnership and sold in 2012-13 online and in their stores during the Olympic year. JLP also commissioned a large image of all twenty four Olympic sports, and a portrait of Lord Coe, for their Olympic Room at the Stratford store overlooking the Olympic Park. Tourists continue to go to the Stadium Suite and photograph themselves in front of the “image of the Olympics, which glows without power”.

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The Olympic Portrait John Lewis, Stratford

The Olympic Portrait John Lewis, Stratford

Quasar Frame™


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.