The UK’s leading built environment charity Article 25 is warming up for their most ambitious fundraiser yet: a high-profile art exhibition and auction in May 2011 entitled ‘Objects of Change’. Held at prestigious contemporary art gallery and auction house La Galleria on Pall Mall, this will raise essential funds for Article 25’s vital work in post-disaster regions throughout the world.
Building on the phenomenal success of their ‘Art for Architecture’ auction in 2009 which raised over £50,000 in one night thanks to generous contributions from the likes of Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, Article 25 now hopes to double that achievement. ‘Objects of Change’ will be a much bigger event, with a focus on 3D pieces, and taking place over the course of one week: Exhibition: 16th (Invite Only), 17-19th May, Auction: 19th May.
Bjarke Ingels’ Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Lord Richard Rogers’ ‘Lloyds of London’. Thomas Heatherwick’s Seed Cathedral. These are all iconic buildings which inspired change. At Article 25’s Auction, these models and sculpture from these architects’ buildings could be making their way towards your living room, the proceeds going towards Article 25’s work delivering design innovation and buildings to change the lives of those in greatest need around the world.
With works already donated by world-renowned designers such as Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell, Rob Ryan, Odile Decq, Tadao Ando, Albert France-Lanord, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and more, the event is set to present the crème de la crème of the ‘art-chitectural’ world.
Article 25 believes that buildings, whether ostentatiously or quietly inspiring, play a key role in changing and improving lives. As Article 25 Trustee Lord Norman Foster affirms: “As a designer I have always been driven by a belief that the quality of our surroundings directly influences the quality of our lives, whether in the workplace, at home or in the public spaces that make up our cities. Architecture is a social art - a necessity and not a luxury. It is generated by the needs of people, both spiritual and physical... Article 25 is demonstrating in a very real way how design can be a force for good.”