I’m a huge fan of Slinkachu.
The street artist is famous for creating tiny people in tiny scenes that are hidden around real cities – you’ve probably seen them (pictures, at least. You’re lucky if you’ve seen the real thing.)
Now, the O2 have commissioned the urban artist to create original works of art for a new exhibition – 20 Years of War Child. The exhibition celebrates the charity’s history and its powerful bond with music and popular culture.
The three original pieces, all created in playgrounds around London, hauntingly juxtapose children in war-torn scenarios highlighting the injustice of children affected by war.
The new works will feature as part of the six-week long exhibition, which will run from 19th February until 28th March 2013.
Slinkachu, commenting on the newly commissioned pieces, says: “I was more than happy when O2 approached me to create some pieces for the War Child 20 year exhibition. I’ve been keen to do something dealing with the impact that war has on the often voiceless victims of conflict – children. My work features the unheard, the unseen, forgotten and the often ignored people in today’s world so this project was an obvious collaboration to get involved with.”
The 20 Years of War Child exhibition, supported by O2, will feature dozens of unseen photographs by iconic photographers, such as Mary McCartney, offering unique glimpses of globally renowned artists and capturing the natural bond that results when music and a mission connect.
War Child UK has changed and saved the lives of over 800,000 children in the world’s most war-torn countries, children who would otherwise have been forgotten. From Bosnia, Chechnya and Rwanda to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo, War Child have given children the security, care, education and skills they need to build a better future for themselves.
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