ES, the Evening Standard’s weekly magazine, has commissioned six artists to create commemorative covers for tomorrow’s (Thursday 6 July) issue, all of which celebrate the city of London’s resilience in the wake of recent tragedies.
Sir Antony Gormley, Ai Weiwei, Gillian Wearing, Sir Anish Kapoor, Jamie Hewlett and Wolfgang Tillmans each contributed a cover design for the freesheet’s London United edition. The project hopes to commemorate those who lost their lives at the attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire.
The magazine’s publication coincides with the anniversary of the 2005 7/7 bombings.
Gormley’s design was inspired by coffee stains on paper. He said of the cover: “This image comes from trying to think how resilience and common sympathy occurs with every precious existence potentially held in the mind of all and all held in the mind of each.
"The collective reaction to attacks in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower fire has been immediate, generous, inspiring.”
Kapoor’s submission features a singular ball of light, while Tillmans' is a photo of an escalator on the Underground emblazoned with the words ‘London Light Hope’. Weiwei’s creation tells a story of violence through a tablet-style black and white illustration and Wearing’s is a portrait of 52 Londoners commemorating the same number that died in the 7/7 bombings.
Jamie Hewlett’s design shows fists being raised in defiance. He said: “During the recent horrors, the way people pull together makes this a very exciting time — a multi-coloured show of strength.
“United we now stand.”