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Olympic Torch

Bella Geldart





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 90
Length: 18
Depth: 17.5


steel, spray paint, cardboard, newspaper, PVA, acrylic paint

Current Location

My Studio

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • On a plinth
  • In a case
  • Wall-mounted

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Made as part of my 'Rings of Fire' body of work for RSA New Contemporaries 2023 Exhibition, shown alongside series of sculptures and performances.

Thematic/contextual information

I became interested in the role sports plays as a theatre of the absurd and a spectre of nationalism whilst making this work, using the legacy of ‘The Olympic Games’ as a structure to investigate ideas surrounding play, applause, win and lose, and patriotism. Using sculpture and performance, I re-contextualised the ‘Games’ within the arena of the exhibition space, investigating the traditions, rituals and symbolism of the Olympics and the parallels that can be made with everyday life.

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