Olympics inspires artist to create a piece which includes modern-day fossils

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AN INNOVATIVE two-year art project for the London 2012 Olympics will go on show for the first time this month.

Jon Adams is the Portsmouth artist and geologist behind the project which is inspired by the Paralympics and seeks to change perceptions and offer opportunities to showcase the talents of deaf and disabled people.

The multimedia piece includes modern day fossils such as hair clips, napkins and train timetables.

Mr Adams who has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and dyslexia, said he was keen to share his own experiences of how London 2012 has the power to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the public, especially young people and those who may not otherwise engage with the arts.

He said: ‘For deeply personal reasons, I have adopted geological themes and metaphors to interpret and reveal new perspectives on disability, the arts and the geological sciences.

‘This approach stems from my struggles to become the artist I had always kept hidden because of the bullying I received at school.’

The work, named Look About: Artefacts and Look About: Transmission, will include illustration, film, animation and sound.

The show is at Art Way in the New Forest until December 3 and will go to venues including Chapel Arts, in London, Southampton City Art Gallery, University of Portsmouth, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and Winchester Discovery Centre as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Transmission will then be showing at the British Geological Survey during the London 2012 games.

The exhibition is funded by the independent charity Legacy Trust UK.