John Burrell contributes to '10 x 10' drawing project

John Burrell is amongst one hundred prominent architects and artists who have contributed to ’10 x 10’,  drawing project which divides the City of London into a 10 x 10 grid.  The resulting 100 squares have been allocated to individuals who have  come together to draw the city.  The artworks will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at an exclusive event on 1st December, 2011 at the German Gymnasium in the new King’s Cross Development, courtesy of Argent.

SQUARE E9 - Sidelined ….off Martin Lane, London, EC4R ODP

This scene off Martin Lane is located in a short, privately owned pedestrian space linking Martin Lane and Laurence Pountney Lane, both of which run southwards downhill to the busy traffic congested Upper Thames Street.  The ‘alleyway’ is used now by office workers as a place to gather, chat  and smoke cigarettes.  The projecting masonry, steel doors and alcoves on the flank wall of 6 Martin Lane (now El Vinos) that were revealed and left when the terrace of houses was cut demolished in the sixties to make way for new buildings.

Visit the '10 x 10' Website to see all 100 drawings

Contributing architects and artists include Lord Norman Foster, Will Alsop, Odile Decq, Sunand Prasad, David Adjaye, Sir Jeremy Dixon and Professor Sir Colin Stansfield Smith, as well as British designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud.  All funds raised will go towards the projects of Article 25, an international development and disaster relief charity which provides free or not-for-profit architectural, design and construction expertise to ensure that the right to adequate shelter is being met in some of the poorest nations. 

UPDATE - Friday 2 December 2011 : Raising £600 for Article 25 Charity

John Burrell's drawing 'Something in the City' was sold for £600 at the auction by Sotheby's held at the German Gymnasium last night, 1st December. It was among the 25 artworks  chosen for live auction out of the 100 works featured. 

The drawing explores the ever changing surface patina of London as observed in a left over, but much used space in the City of London. The remains of previous interior fittings have been left, almost as if 'on display' to suffer the elements.