When The Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building went up in flames in May 2014, it was widely considered a national tragedy: not least for the landmark building, but too for the students who’s work was lost in the process. Fast forward nearly three years, and the restoration project is well underway, but that of course requires an abundance of that most commonly missing in public institutions dedicated to the arts: money. To tackle this problem, J. Walter Thompson London’s Bill Hartley and Giles Hepworth came up with a cunning solution: get 25 high-profile international artists to make pieces of art from the debris and auction their creations to fund the restoration. So that’s what they did, mobilising Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Conrad Shawcross, David Shrigley, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Peter Blake and The Chapman Brothers and more to the task. An exhibition of the works will open at Christie’s on March 3, with the auction taking place during the Post-War and Contemporary day sale on March 8.
Pictured: Art is dead, Long live art, by Grayson Perry. Courtesy of Victoria Miro, London (c) Grayson Perry