Wolfgang Tillmans, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei are among the six artists that have designed covers for ES Magazine celebrating the “resilience of London” in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and recent terror attacks.
The covers feature on a special edition of ES Magazine – a free publication distributed across London – that will be handed out to commuters today.
Named London United, the six covers also include designs by Gillian Wearing, Antony Gormley and Jamie Hewlett.
Each artist was tasked with paying tribute to “the city’s resilience in the face of recent tragedies”, including terrorist attacks at Westminster, Borough Market and Finsbury Park, as well as the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.
The magazine will also commemorate the anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, which happened 12 years ago this Friday.
“This issue is designed to spread a message of hope and respect, and to create an enduring platform that will keep these stories alive,” said editor Laura Weir.
Gillian Wearing, a conceptual artist who won the Turner Prize in 1997, decided to use her cover to remember the 52 people who lost their lives in the bombings that took place in London on 7 July 2005.
Her image depicts 52 people taking part in a minute’s silence, with the artist saying that “silence brings everyone together in universal participation”.
Wolfgang Tillmans’ piece shows a photograph of the Tube with the words London, Light, Hope overlaid, while Ai Weiwei used a section from his large-scale Odyssey piece that was recently unveiled in Jerusalem.
Anish Kapoor – who was the most popular artist on Dezeen Hot List – created a bright yellow cover that is intended to convey “optimistic sensibility”.
“We grieve together and then we know, together we must glow,” he said.
Antony Gormley’s cover features markings typical of the artist’s style, and he was inspired the way “resilience and common sympathy occurs with every precious existence”.
The final cover is by Jamie Hewlett, a comic book artist. His colourful cover shows several raised fists, which are often used as symbols of solidarity and support.
Inside, the magazine pays tribute to the victims of the terror attacks, and features first-hand stories of people on the scene who acted with bravery.
There is also an interview with a member of the public who housed victims of the Grenfell fire, which broke out at around 1am on Wednesday 14 June. The blaze quickly burnt through the cladding added in recent renovation works and is believed to have killed over 80 people.
The London United edition of ES Magazine will be distributed around the capital tomorrow, 6 July.
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