Eurolympi as Art
The official mascot for the European Championships in 2002 (August 6 – 11 in the Olympic Stadium) has become an art object. The sympathetic ambassador of the most important athletics event of the next year is now being styled by artists. A first Eurolympi was presented by the Munich artist Claudia Schwarz on October 10, 2001 in the Roucka gallery. The mascot was completed in the presence of the guests at the gallery viewing.From June until August 2002, a series of individually worked Eurolympis will delight pedestrians all over in Munich or stimulate discussions. The artists receive the easily two meters high, weatherproof figure as white objects which they can then style themselves. Only the pedestal with the logo of the European Championships is the same for all. The Eurolympis come in three variations: as a javelin thrower, relay runner and discus thrower. A variety of renowned artists will participate in this action. These one-off European Championships works will receive passengers at the airport, welcome Trade Fair visitors, surprise inhabitants of Munich and visitors to Munich at distinctive points in the city and provide artistic diversity in the Olympic Park. "We are very pleased concerning this one-off action and hope the Eurolympi will please many people as a work of art and promote additional support for the European Track-and-Field Championships", said Olympic Park boss Wilfrid Spronk.