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Drawing “Land Water Land” for charity

James and Oliver return to Article 25 auction

Drawing “Land Water Land” for charity

Every year the development and disaster relief charity, Article 25, places a 10×10 grid over a part of London. The 100 resulting squares are allocated to prominent architects and artists who create artwork inspired by their square. The pieces are auctioned and the proceeds fund the charity’s work.

Dr James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien (UCL Geography) were asked to produce a piece of work for a third year, and went on to secure a winning bid of £250 (£90 more than last year!) in the auction held at the Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA).

The theme this year was “Drawing the River”, where each participant was assigned a square along the River Thames in Central London to interpret in their own way and create an artwork.

Oliver and James’s square was near Lambeth Bridge. They made use of the Environment Agency’s newly opened archive of LIDAR-derived digital elevation models (DEMs), combining this with geographical data, GIS and other software to produce a “data driven” work of art showcasing the area around Lambeth Bridge in a new light.

Their final effort,  “Land Water Land” revealed some interesting features – for more on these and associated images, read Oliver O’Brien’s post:

The work was mounted and printed on canvas by Miles Irving in the Geography Drawing Office.

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Lambeth Bridge