A tribute to Utzon’s Sydney Opera House: built environment charity Article 25 to auction ‘The Jewel’
Thursday 3rd December, from 6.30 p.m.
Louise Blouin Foundation, London
Fast-growing built environment charity headquartered in the UK , Article 25, is in final preparations for an art exhibition and auction to be held in London . Over 30 works donated specifically for the event will be auctioned to raise funds for the charity’s global work designing and building schools, health centres and homes for some of the poorest people on earth. One of the most valued pieces, donated by German-born photographer Katarina Stübe, pays homage to Jørn Utzon and the Australian icon, The Sydney Opera House. In 2006 aged 87, and evidence to an amazing relationship with Stübe, Utzon selected three photographic images taken by Katarina Stübe which he thought reflected his masterpiece, The Sydney Opera House. He signed those for the young photographer and this is the first to be sold anywhere in the world. Known as The Jewel, this collector’s item has not been published or reproduced and will go under the hammer at Article 25’s ‘Art for Architecture’ auction, after an opportunity to bid for the prized item on line.
‘Art for Architecture’ will set the scene to auction an impressive catalogue of works. From outstanding architects such as David Chipperfield, Lord (Norman) Foster (a Trustee of the charity), Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito and Rafael Viñoly, and prominent artists as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Anthony Gormley, and Tracey Emin, the auction will see an exceptional collection of works go under the hammer to raise funds for the cause. The overwhelming support for the occasion shows Article 25’s growing reputation among built environment professionals. Chair of the charity and past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Jack Pringle, said: “Article 25 are an important new charity who really are putting the sector’s money where their mouth is – they are making extraordinary in-roads into the quality of building in the developing world, breaking new ground in innovative building techniques and transferring the design skills of architects, engineers, and planners to the front line of international development.”
Article 25 are clearly in a celebratory mood, and rightly so: it has been an excellent year for the profile of the charity, receiving a number of awards and being twice shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards in November. By closing 2009 with the ‘Art for Architecture’ auction and sale of The Jewel, Article 25 are recognising their progress so far and expressing thanks to their donors including that of Katarina Stübe. Armed with a clear case for support and the continued generosity of their supporters, Article 25’s hope for 2010 is to see thousands more of the world’s most vulnerable people benefit from the simple necessity of good design and construction.Share
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