A live street art spectacle kicked off in Hackney Wick today as the Invictus Games began, welcoming visitors to London’s most creative borough as they walked through to the games’ venues.
Over three days artists will be creating a piece along the path towards Here East, a technology and design hub just over the border of Hackney into Stratford. Named ‘Disruptive Inventors’, the 70 metre long creation will blend portraits of some of Britain’s most famous inventors with the muralists’ own inventions.
The list of infamous figures from British history includes Alan Turing, the mathematician who famously broke the German’s Enigma codes at Bletchley Park during World War II and who is considered by many the father of computer science and artificial intelligence; the mind behind the “Turing Test”.
Also to be depicted are: Charles Babbage, who created the first mechanical computer; John Logie Baird, inventor of the world’s first mechanical television; John Harrison, a carpenter and clockmaker who invented the world’s first marine chronometer, solving the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea; Michael Faraday, a scientist who discovered electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis; and Frank Whittle, the RAF engineer who invented the turbojet engine.
During the Invictus Games – a sporting event for wounded ex-servicemen and women – Here East will host Archery, Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing.
Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to recognise the incredible feats of bravery of servicemen and women from around the world.
“I hope that our ‘Disrupted Inventors’ live art performance will provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate their achievements and recognise East London’s spirit of invention, creativity and discovery.”
The street artists leading the project are Gary Stranger, Dr. Zadok, Ninth Seal, Paul AB and Replete. The live event will take place across three days from today until September 12, as the Invictus Games kicks into gear.