Sept 2011

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International Paralympic Day: Featuring Sebastian Coe, Oscar Pistorius and artist Ben Dearnley

Thursday 8th September was International Paralympic Day and artist, Ben Dearnley, was invited along to the event in London’s Trafalgar Square to unveil his stunning new sculpture. Ben’s artwork is the culmination of his collaboration with Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius. Oscar was born without fibulas in both legs and is nicknamed “blade runner” because of the ‘Flex Foot Cheetahs’ that he uses for running. Ben worked with the athlete earlier this year to create a beautiful sculpture, depicting Oscar’s torso in sprinting position. This piece is one of a series of Olympic torsos, immortalising Olympians in bronze and leaving a lasting artistic legacy for the 2012 Games. Ben’s series of torsos will be displayed at Salisbury Cathedral from 22nd June and throughout the Games.

The event this month was held to celebrate the launch of Paralympic ticket sales and was attended by Prime Minister David Cameron, Major of London Boris Johnson and Sebastian Coe, who met Ben and Oscar for the unveiling. Ben’s sculpture was displayed outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square for the day.

The Oscar Pistorius torso by Ben Dearnley will be on display at the Terminal 5 Expo Fine Art Gallery from mid October.

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