The 2012 Olympic Games in London had provided opportunities to commission dozens of works of art, including 26 pieces in the Olympic Park itself. One of the most important pieces is the Jurassic Stones which are made of 16 boulders that are elevated on steel plinths in a pond. These boulders are located on a roundabout in Weymouth, Dorset on the way to the Olympic sailing venues. Each stone of the Jurassic Stones weighs between two and nine tons and was formed around 160 million years ago in a tropical lagoon of that time. It was in 2009 that these boulders were discovered during the construction of a nearby road. The sculpture of Jurassic Stones was created by British artist Richard Harris in 2012 at a cost of £335,000 to celebrate the prehistoric past of the area.
London Olympics 2012 also gave the opportunity for other innovative development work especially in the field of lighting because that is an important consideration when designing a building. LED lights were used in abundance since they have very low power consumption and high luminosity. Architects took advantage of using these lights for balancing factors such as function, aesthetic, efficiency and cost with great success. LED lights also help in reducing light pollution. During the London Olympics 2012, the Tower Bridge London was renovated especially with regard to its antiquated lighting. The work was completed in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The bridge was using static flood lights but these have now been replaced with state-of-the-art LED Lighting system which played a key role during the Olympic Games. Energy consumption was reduced by 40 percent with these new lights and there will be no need for replacements for many years.
The 2012 Summer Olympics were held in London, England from July 27 to August 12, 2012. London, which has hosted the Olympic Games twice before in 1908 and 1948, is the capital of England and it extends along the River Thames. It has many historic landmarks and it has the oldest underground railway system in the world, known as the London Underground. The buildings of the city have a positively stunning architecture and come in many architectural styles.