10x10 Drawing the City London brings together 100 of the world’s best artists, architects and designers
The creation is a grid of 100 squares laid over the exhibition space with each allocated to a participant. A host of award-winning architects will also be taking part including Lord Norman Foster, David Adjaye, current RIBA President Angela Brady, Dame Zaha Hadid and London cable car designer Chris Wilkinson.
They will be joined by artist Ben Johnson and design guru Sir Terence Conran, fashion designer Paul Smith, artists Jake & Dinos Chapman. Each piece of original art is based on buildings and public spaces within the city so this collection of 100 different interpretations creates a close up snapshots and also large showcase of London.
Each work individually highlights the unique and beautiful aspects of London, some the everyday scenery that commuters witness, and others the hidden and forgotten sites of the city. The project concept have some of the designers of the City collaborating during the summer, turning their gaze back to the built environment they helped to create as well as providing a commentary and critique on the constantly changing landscape of central London.
The drawing project is followed by a public exhibition of the pieces of work which are later auctioned by Sotheby's at an exclusive closing event, with all proceeds of the sale going to Article 25, the charity that builds solutions to global problems. Article 25 projects are based in some of the world's poorest countries building much needed temporary and permanent facilities in Burkina Faso, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan. All of the pieces produced this year will be displayed during a two week public exhibition 1st – 13th November, culminating in the live auction 14th November at Somerset House in London.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has endorsed the event, commenting: "Article 25′s work to design and build shelter for people affected by natural disasters is a very welcome initiative. This latest project is a fascinating idea with some of the biggest names in architecture creating a unique snapshot of London's landscape. I hope its focus on ... London will encourage those working there to dig deep to raise as much money as possible in support of hard hit communities around the world."