Artist plants flags 500 days before Olympics

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FIVE-HUNDRED flags made from old book pages appeared in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square to mark 500 days until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The University of Portsmouth’s artist in residence, Jon Adams, invited local people to plant 500 miniature flags in the city centre, one for each day until the games begin.

The flags, made from the pages of books which are no longer needed and glued to bamboo skewers, were planted on Tuesday to create a piece of temporary public artwork.

The event was part of Mr Adams’s Dysarticulate project, which aims to encourage local communities to create tens of thousands of recycled flags using old books and then place them in unusual places across the UK.

Jon said: ‘The atmosphere in the Guildhall Square was lovely.

‘It felt really relaxed in the sunshine and it was fantastic to see so many students and passers-by engaging with the project.

‘It is exciting to raise awareness amongst the community and to get people anticipating the games.’

The project is part of the Creative Campus Initiative supported by London 2012’s Open Weekend.

The weekend will feature events across the UK and marks one year until the start of the games.

It will take place from July 22 to 24 this year.

To take part or find out more visit Portsmouth University’s website at port.ac.uk.