Architects draw the City of London

Some leading architects and designers have sketched their take on the City of London to raise money for charity. Original works of the City’s Square Mile by 100 participants were auctioned at the German Gymnasium at London’s King’s Cross in aid of development and disaster relief charity Article 25.

The event on the 1 December raised over £60,000 which will provide essential funds for post-disaster reconstruction work around the world including water and sanitation improvements in Haiti, schools in Burkina Faso, and a vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Uganda.

The auction represented the culmination of the 10×10 Drawing the City, an event which sent participants out onto the streets of London to re-interpret the City. Together the works highlight some of the most beautiful and hidden details of the City.

Twenty five lots were auctioned in a live auction on the night by Sotheby’s Adrian Biddell. Big ticket items included a signed Norman Foster model of the Gherkin which sold for £4,500 and a Norman Ackroyd water colour of the City’s skyline which went for £2,000. Other contributors included Pierre D’Avoine, Kathryn Findlay, Piers Gough, Takero Shimazaki, Angela Brady and TV’s Kevin McCloud.

See the full gallery here.

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