Anyone wandering around the east end lately cannot fall to have noticed the development around Stratford. Of course the Olympics has helped to transform the area and the boost it’s given to other developments has been huge.
One such place is Strand East close to the park and nestled on a peninsula surrounded on two sides by canals. Some work has been going on there, the most obvious outward sign being the Stand East tower, a tall wooden structure designed to be a landmark for the area and a standard for the development to hang it’s hat on.
Eventually the whole peninsula will be transformed and over the next 10 years, ten thousand homes will be built but only after the area has been cleared of old warehouses and contaminated soil. The first section has already been completed, a place called Danes Yard where the tower is along with a newly renovated warehouse complete with restaurant and canalside space.
It’s in this space where a local art installation has been placed. A whole load of pink butterflies fixed to one of the walls of a building are visible from the roadside and the other side of the canal. Representing the ‘metamorphasis of Stratford’ by artist David Apps the butterflies are quite striking and add another dimension to this rapidly transforming area.