Mark “Jacko” Jackson has been selected as one of 10 artists to retell the story of the London 2012 Olympics through the BT Art of Sport initiative
‘The determination of the Olympic athletes is truly inspiring and I am looking forward to working with them through the BT Art of Sport project” – Mark “Jacko” Jackson
The BT Art of Sport programme is a key element of BT’s sponsorship activities for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The idea behind the initiative is simple. Participating artists have been granted access to work close to top Olympians and Paralympians, and draw on them as inspiration.
The BT Art of Sport initiative will re-tell the 2012 Olympic story, capturing the dedication and commitment of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes and conveying the drama and passion of these sporting events. The project will provide a legacy to the Olympic Games and the sale of works will support a range of sporting charities including Paralympics GB.
Mark “Jacko” Jackson was serving in the Parachute regiment, before an injury led him to reorient his life and become a sculptor. In 2003 he studied sculpture at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, an institution he often revisits to teach classes in his chosen medium of sculpture. Commissions have taken him to Scotland, Italy, Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, locations that he had previously visited as a serving soldier.
The temporary physical challenges his injury imposed developed in him a feeling of kinship for Paralympic athletes and fostered in him a deep respect for their resilience and strength. The artist will immortalize the spirit of the 2012 Games with a body of work to be created in association with the Team GB Paralympic and Olympic athletes.
The artist will honor the achievement of Olympic and Paralympic athletes through a series of commissioned works. Mark “Jacko” Jackson is currently working on a lifesize statute of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttman, founder of the Paralympic Games, which will be unveiled during the 2012 competition.
Sculpture of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttman by Mark Jackson Sculptor
Mark “Jacko” Jackson at work