The Olympic City project
Olympic Village Training Center, Mexico City (Mexico 1968 Games)
Photographer Jon Pack and filmmaker Gary Hustwit have teamed up to work on The Olympic City, a documentary project that looks at what happens to Olympic cities once the Games has moved on. A selection of photographs from the project forms the next issue of Monograph, out this week with the subscriber issues of CR August...
Monograph is the standalone art publication which comes free with subscriber issues of CR, and the collection of imagery from The Olympic City continues the Olympics theme of our new issue.
The Olympic City project looks at the legacy of the Games in a selection of former host cities around the world. Pack and Hustwit have so far visited Athens, Barcelona, Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal and Rome and Sarajevo to photograph the buildings left behind once the weeks of sport are over.
The remains of a 1984 Olympics mural, Los Angeles (Los Angeles 1984 Games)
"In The Olympic City, we're documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the Olympic spectacle," say Pack and Hustwit. "Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring."
Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, Lake Placid, New York (Lake Placid 1980 Winter Games)
The pair plan to visit another eight former host cities and the resulting images will be published as a large-format art book in March 2013 in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, designed by Paul Sahre. 700 copies of the book have already been reserved via the project's Kickstarter page but 300 copies will be made available to purchase later this year. An exhibition of the photographs in New York and other cities, plus a digital version of the book and deluxe edition (complete with prints from the project) are also planned.
More details on the project are at olympiccityproject.com. All images © 2012 The Olympic City Project. Subscribers will receive a copy of Monograph featuring images from The Olympic City project with the August issue of CR, out this week.
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The Olympic Velodrome, Athens (Athens 2004 Games)
Tower of Montreal at the base of the Olympic Stadium, Montreal (Montreal 1976 Games)
Francisco Márquez Olympic Pool, Mexico City (Mexico 1968 Games)
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Really looking forward to this, especially as we're heading to Athens for the next issue of Boat Mag.
This is an awesome idea. I have always wondered what happened to some of those facilities. Especially for the less popular sports. I am going to bookmark their site and watch for updates. Thanks for sharing. Timely piece.
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