Great North Games 2010
From a historical point of view, as founders of the Olympic Games, running and sport featured in the art of Ancient Greece.
In more recent times the Tate Britain in 2008 featured Martin Creed's Work No 850, in which a single athlete ran at speed through the Duveen Galleries, every 30 seconds, all day, every day (sounds like a good rep session). Creed proclaimed that the appeal of the running figure is simple:
"Running is a beautiful thing. You do it without a pool, or a bike, it is the body doing as much as it can on its own."
Back to the Great North run, in 2005 BUPA Great North Run Culture was set up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of what is the worlds largest half marathon and each year has worked with artists to provide an insight into the race through art.
This year David Blandy has been working with 13 (one for each mile) GNR participants for a film entitled 'Run a mile in my shoes'.
Previous commissions are:
- Girl Blue Running Shoes (2010)
- Parade (2009)
- Run for Me (2008)
- About Running (2007)
- Runner (2006)
- broken time (2005)
These short films can be found at www.greatnorthrunculture.org/moving-image
The picture below represents a marathon runner running in the wind. I wonder how many of those running in the high winds during Sunday's Edinburgh Marathon can empathise with it?
|Running against the wind|
by Dale Wicks