The Audience by internationally celebrated artist Xavier Veilhan was commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage to commemorate the Olympic Agora and to mark the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The sculpture represents five human figures, with a scale game and a panel of colours that give a twist to traditional statuary art.
It is the first ever permanent legacy commission by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage as part of its Olympic Art Visions programme and will remain in Nihonbashi after the Games.
The Audience represents five human figures, with a scale game and a panel of colours that give a twist to traditional statuary art. The people depicted are of various ages, genders and nationalities. Each one of them is unique. However, united together, they embody the idea of a small ‘world village’ and illustrate universality as a core value of the Olympic Games. To emphasise this relationship, the artist plays with the colours of the Olympic rings.
The sculpture follows earlier contemporary art projects commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage in the context of its Olympic Art Visions programme, including JR’s awe-inspiring creations at Rio 2016 and Leandro Erlich’s participatory Ball Game at the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. The programme aims to bring people together through the presentation of pioneering artworks in public spaces, and to encourage them to join in a fresh dialogue around the Olympic ideals and values.
For more information, see here: Olympic Art Visions
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Olympic Art Visions
- A sculptural legacy for the ages
NIHONBASHI MUROMACHI MITSUI TOWER
/ COREDO Muromachi Terrace
/ "OYANE HIROBA" Plaza