The stretch of hoardings at the new entrance to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the East London Canvas: a new creative space where Foundation for FutureLondon will showcase the local, national and internationally renowned talent of east London.

Just like the changing landscape of east London, every few months there will be a new exhibition for visitors to explore. We will display artwork from local artists, photographers, poets, schools and community groups that are supported by the Foundation.

Currently on the East London Canvas is #STREETATHLETE

Just in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, Stratford-based Brazilian artists ZU-UK present #StreetAthlete, a new artwork on the East London Canvas: celebrating the everyday extra-ordinary feats achieved by thousands of ordinary people.

Mega events, such as the 2016 Games, are successful at bringing to the world’s attention the incredible athletes and their record breaking feats. This summer in Rio, there will also be thousands of ordinary individuals who humbly execute extra-ordinary physical effort on a daily basis to keep the city running.

#StreetAthlete is a gesture of gratitude, awe and celebration of the Street Athletes (Atletas de Rua) in Rio and in every other city around the world, who remain unknown and invisible.

Throughout the 2016 Games in Rio, ZU-UK and its collaborators and partners across Brazil will engage in symbolic project to seek out individual street athletes and highlight their story in English and Portuguese on social media.

Join us in celebrating everyday remarkable individuals by following the Twitter handles below, and posting an image and story of a #streetathlete that you know.



#StreetAthlete #AtletadeRua