Leading architects donate drawings for charity show
Mark Major of Speirs + Major ‘View into Piccadilly Circus by Night’ - gouache, marker pen, highlighter, Tippex and ball point pen 560 x 650 mm. ‘The ever-changing dynamic commercial displays throw constantly changing mixes of coloured light pollution onto the faux facades of adjacent neo-classical buildings. Bright LED signs are reflected in the windows alongside the soft glow of traditional lanterns. The symbolic image of Eros is concealed from view by the ever present clutter of traffic lights and signs. It is London by night at both its best and its worst.’
Drawings of London’s West End by 100 eminent architects, designers and artists go on show from 1 November at Somerset House and will be auctioned, with proceeds going to charity Article 25
One hundred big names from the worlds of architecture and art have contributed their ‘secret views and private interpretations’ of London’s West End for a charity auction.
The artworks have been created for the second 10 x 10: Drawing the City event, which paired 100 of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, designers and architects, including Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster, with locations from a 10 x 10 grid drawn over London’s West End.
The drawings will be auctioned for international disaster and poverty relief charity Article 25 on 14 November. Figures including Ken Shuttleworth, David Adjaye, Paul Smith and Jake and Dinos Chapman have contributed artworks. All will be exhibited at Somerset House from 1 to 13 November and 25 selected pieces will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 14 November. The remaining 75 will be sold through a silent auction during the exhibition.
David Adjaye, who also participated in the 2011 event, described 10 x 10 as a ‘fascinating and diverse lens’ through which to view the capital. He said: ‘It is a series of unseen portraits of the city – secret views and private interpretations of the past, present and future of our ever-changing capital. Collectively, the work tells an evocative urban story as told by influential urban thinkers and designers.’
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