Article 25

10×10 is a project which divides an area of London into a 10 x 10 grid, with the resulting squares being allocated to 100 prominent architects, designers and artists, who come together in the summer to create 100 pieces of work, giving 100 perspectives of London. The project creates a unique snapshot of London and raises money for Article 25 which this year will go to our Street Children Centres in Kenya and Ghana.
www.10x10london.com

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Finsbury Circus 2013 Mike Oades
Water colour
The Green in the middle of the circus is occupied by the magnificent Lime trees and the huge Crossrail excavation and associated plant, the scale of which serves to limit your view of the entire Circus in one view.  What has interested me particularly about the buildings that occupy the circus is the approach to ornament which alters your perceptions about the scale of the space as you walk around the circus.

Plumb-perps

Plumb Perps 2013 Derek John Draper
Acrylic and pen
A study of surface on the Victorian arches where club Row’s murals travel out onto Bethnal Green Road. Layers build up on the city’s fabric and as one artwork fades another overlaps. This was an opportunity to capture a fleeting moment in the city’s changing landscape.

haymarket-sketch

Kinnaird House Reflected in New Zealand House, Haymarket 2012 Mike Oades
Oil on Board
I was drawn to the contrast between Kinnaird House and New Zealand House on Haymarket. On opposite sides of the street, these two odd bedfellows couldn’t be more different in terms of their respective architectural styles, yet they are untied by the captive embrace of New Zealand House. Whilst walking around Finsbury Circus you are struck by the huge geometrical statement of the space – at 2.2 Hectares it is the largest open space in the City.

Peeling-paint

Peeling Paint 2013 Derek John Draper
Acrylic and pen
With the addition of a new layer, or the revealing of an old, elements of different origins become combined. The integration of these forms an understanding of the context in which we intervene.

throgmorton-street-sketch

Saturday afternoon and all the lights are on – Throgmorton Street 2011 Mike Oades
Pencil
Throgmorton Street; named in honour of former resident Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, chief banker of England in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The view looking East encapsulates the mutating DNA of the City from the historic street plan, to the location of the Drapers’ Company who have occupied the North-side since 1541 and the juxtaposition of all architectural styles and scales. The scaffolding across the street reminds us of constant change.

Speckled-jim

Speckled Jim 2011 Derek John Draper
Acrylic
Walking through the desolate city on a Sunday morning it felt fitting to capture the moment, the bird landing on he Royal Exchange. The city is the amalgamation of these seemingly unimportant moments. Collecting them in drawings they help assemble an image of the city in our minds; a tool that helps us understand our place within it.