This project consisted of a series of commissions from the London 2012 Olympic organising committee for plaques to be created and installed around the Olympic stadium and other Olympic sites.
The London 2012 culture team wanted to find a company that could produce several sets of specialised plaques, including a series of ‘Factology’ plaques. These would be fixed to benches throughout the parks and would each feature a unique ‘fantastic fact’ about subjects ranging from animals to recipes, intended to enthuse and inform visitors.
The Kemp London team chemically etched each of the 70+ ‘Factology’ plaques in brushed stainless steel. The plaques remained up throughout the 2012 Olympic games and can still be found on the Olympic site today.
The success of this commission led to Kemp continuing to work on further projects for the Olympic arts and culture team. These included the following:
For the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, Kemp London created a circular, one metre wide commemorative cast bronze floor plaque.
For the artist Steven Raw, Kemp London reproduced a poem by British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, rendered in inlaid brass lettering and gold leaf detail on water-cut stainless steel panels. Raw designed the lettering, Kemp London designed the concept, and together produced a beautiful permanent installation that is still situated in its original location in Eton Park.