An enormous outdoor art installation has been unveiled in Carnaby!
In collaboration with our ocean conservation charity partner, Project Zero, this exclusive for Carnaby Art includes never-before-seen ocean-themed public art designed by renowned musician and emerging visual artist Boy George, Harland Miller and poet Billy Collins and conceptual contemporary artists Mr. Brainwash, Bradley Theodore, Henry Hudson and Zaria Forman.
Adding a vibrant splash of colour to the West End, the work of art, a vinyl wrap measuring at 84.5m long and 11.55m high, has been unveiled to the public in the iconic shopping and dining destination, spanning Carnaby Street, Broadwick Street, and Ganton Street. The art installation will be in place until spring 2020, after which the wrap will be removed and used to create a permanent feature in Carnaby.
Each of the art pieces on show address the environmental impact on the ocean, an ongoing campaign in Carnaby and part of a continuing collaboration with Project Zero, which has included the 2019 Christmas installation and the Blue Turtle initiative.
The original artwork was auctioned on Paddle8, and Project Zero have chosen to support projects in the River Thames with the proceeds from the auction, making a grant to international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and the Thames Conservation Project.
Meet the artists behind the vinyl
Punks Against Pollution 2019
Iconic Boy George is a critically acclaimed and world renowned singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer and emerging artist.
“Nature is so complex, cartoon and breathtaking. It gives us so much and some of the best punks live in the ocean!”
Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humour but often slip into quirky, tender, or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself. He is passionate about the environment and wrote this original poem for the Carnaby x Project Zero installation.
Zaria Forman addresses climate change in her work and has travelled around the world drawing inspiration from the environment including documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape.
"I hope my drawings can facilitate a deeper understanding of the climate crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes."
Death at Sea
Renowned for painstakingly collecting pigment for his colour palette on his vast travels around the world, New-York based artist Bradley Theodore has gained recognition for his ability to preserve some of history’s most recognisable characters in his signature Dia de los Muertos style.
"Our oceans are the backbone of this beautiful planet and the source of all life. We must protect them and we owe that to future generations."
Henry Hudson is a British artist who makes paintings, sculpture, etchings and performance based work, with a focus on intricate detail, technique and colour.
“Exploring the great and awe-inspiring subject of coral reefs, I observed the constant struggle for survival within underwater ecosystems. The use of plasticine points to the underlying threat that confronts the very environment it depicts.”
Keep Our Oceans Beautiful
For more than a decade, Thierry Guetta, under his moniker, Mr. Brainwash, has been pushing the envelope of contemporary art. The orchestrated collision of street art and pop art has been his balancing act.
Save The Penguin
Harland Miller now joins the collective with his work ‘Save The Penguin’
“Recently, while trawling through underwater footage of the sea, it seems that actually there aren’t plenty more fish in the sea - but there are plenty more plastic bags in the sea."
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