Artist to sue Olympics organisers claiming Danny Boyle stole his idea for opening ceremony

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 09:30 hrs

An artist is threatening to sue the organisers of the London Olympics after claiming that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle used his design for the opening ceremony set.

Lee Sendall, from Hull, entered drawings of a spiral mound in the middle of the countryside for an arts competition held by Olympic chiefs.

After not winning, he thought no more of it until he saw Boyle's memorable opening ceremony in July this year.

Sendall noticed that the spiral-shaped, verdant hill that formed the centre piece of the spectacular event looked remarkably similar to the one he had entered into the 2009 competition.

According to the Daily Mail, the 42-year-old has now taken legal advice with a view to suing the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) for breach of copyright.

Sendall and his friend Dominic Heffer entered their 'Large Spiral Mound' design as part of an Arts Council competition held in conjunction with London 2012, the report said.

The idea was for artists to come up with a project, such as a sculpture, that was associated with English regions.

Sendall decided to build a grassy, spiral mound in East Yorkshire and created a series of postcards depicting the concept.

His design also included a small lake, low-lying clouds and a man running up the mound with the Olympic torch, all of which also featured in Boyle's ceremony.

The competition's aim was not to find ideas for the opening ceremony, but Sendall claimed that the organisers based the final product on his design.

Kendall has consulted lawyers about taking legal action, but said that the cost involved could force him to abandon his plans.

A London 2012 spokeswoman denied the organisers had used Sendall's idea and said their set had been inspired by Glastonbury Tor, the report added. (ANI)

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