2012 Olympics: Art, Design, & Craft

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This past Friday marked the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics being held in London; as over 10,500 athletes hailing from 204 various nations converged in the UK for the Opening Ceremonies, the world watched with eyes wide open.   Admittedly, I did not catch it all, but I must say that I loved the Mary Poppins bit and the homage that was paid to British literature.  I am especially loving the art, design, and craft that has come from Olympic enthusiasts worldwide.

sara morris - big ben

Currently on display at Tate Britain, Sarah Morris’ Big Ben is one of twelve commissioned poster designs by leading contemporary artists for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

2012 olympics london inspired art + design

This tea towel from Aria, by Swedish graphic designer Maria Holmer Dahlgren, is a fresh and useful commemorative item.  I love the unexpected color scheme!  The London themed print in Union Jack red, white, and blue is an equally eye-catching design, incorporating sports of the Olympics, as well as city landmarks.

olympic rings diy necklace

A simple, but clever DIY Olympic rings necklace project will keep you busy during commercials and will make for a stylish keepsake!  Make your own or buy one.  For all of our craft-letes, check out Curbly for some other amazing Olympic-themed DIY project ideas.

olympics rings pizza

If you want a tastier version of the iconic rings, try these Olympic pizza rings.

olympics torch cupcakes

Oh, wow… you will be named a champion if you take on these fantastic torch cupcakes!

olympics swimming pool cake

And the gold medal prize goes to this Olympic swimming pool cake for its detail and color!

fun fact infographic by schweppes

Infographics are just so aesthetically pleasing and interesting, aren’t they?  Schweppes Abbey Well, the official water brand of the Olympics, created this lovely chart of fun facts for the 2012 Games.

What are you doing to celebrate the XXX Olympic Games?  Tell us or share photos on Facebook!

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