ES Magazine – London United Issue

On the 12 year anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, ES Magazine released a special collector’s edition of the publication, with 5 different covers to choose from, designed by 5 of the most iconic names in the art world. The London United Issue was not only launched to commemorate the tragedy of 7/7 but as a tribute to the city’s resilience in the face of devastation, in particular, the recent terror attacks across the city.

To continue in their message of spreading hope and respect, ES Magazine have now placed the cover art for each version of The London United Issue onto a limited edition t-shirt. 70% of the proceeds from the tees will go directly to The Dispossessed Fund, which helps grassroots charities tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion across the capital.

Scroll down to read more about the amazing designers involved in this project below or head straight to ES Magazine’s Everpress store to shop the collection.

Ai Weiwei

—Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds, 2010

An activist, architect, curator and filmmaker, Ai became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010. More recently, Ai held an extensive exhibition in the RA last October to present some of his most famous works to date. His bold work explores a multitude of challenging themes from censorship to human rights to war and terror.

—Ai Weiwei, The London United Issue Cover

Ai’s cover art, Odyssey is an excerpt from a very recent exhibition in Jerusalem.

Antony Gormley

—Antony Gormley, Quantum Cloud, 1999

British sculptor Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his works which investigate the relationship of the human body to space. He is most commonly known as the creator of the Angel of The North and Quantum Cloud.

—Antony Gormley, The London United Issue Cover

His design was inspired by his reflections on how ‘resilience and common sympathy occurs with every precious existence,’ and how ‘the liquidity of consciousness gives immediate access to joy and trauma.’

Anish Kapoor

—Anish Kapoor, Dark Brother, 2005

Designer of The Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic park and exclusive rights holder of the world’s “blackest black”, Anish Kapoor’s sculptures are renowned for challenging gravity, depth, and perception.

—Anish Kapoor, The London United Issue Cover

When asked about the message behind his design for ES’s cover, Anish said: ‘We grieve together and then we know, together we must glow.’

Jamie Hewlett

—Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz

Jamie Hewlett is an English comic book artist and designer. He is best known for being the co-creator of the comic Tank Girl and co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz.

—Jamie Hewlett, The London United Issue Cover

Jamie explained that his design was inspired by ‘The way people pull together is a multicoloured show of strength”.

Wolfgang Tillmans

—Wolfgang Tillmans, The State We’re In, 2015

Wolfgang Tillmans is a renowned fine-art photographer based in London. His photographs draw inspiration from his surroundings and saw him be the first photographer to ever win the Turner prize back in 2000.

—Wolfgang Tillmans, The London United Issue Cover

“London, Light, Hope” was shot in a moment of inspiration during his journey home on the tube.

Shop ES Magazine’s London Issue t-shirt collection here.

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