Squire and Partners has created artworks for Article 25′s 10×10 Drawing the City charity auction every year since its inception.
For their 2019 exhibition, Partner Tim Gledstone created 'Dock in Transition', a sculpture detailing the evolution of South Dock in West India Dock over more than two centuries. From its beginnings as part of the City Canal network in 1799, and expansion to South Dock Basin in the first half of the twentieth century, the waterway was an important location for the trade of hardwoods, rum, sugar and coffee from the West Indies.
More recent developments – such as the expansion of Heron Quays, Wood Wharf and Landmark Pinnacle – have eroded and influenced the body of water into its current form, whilst establishing the future of South Dock as a place for modern commerce and living.
The artwork is formed from reclaimed century old teak hardwoods and a hardened paste made from rum/sugar/coffee, digitally sculpted in five layers which document the changing footprint of the dock, fused together to reveal sedimentary moments in time. Rising vertically from a base with the clean rectilinear lines and proportion of the Landmark Pinnacle - itself conceived as a vertical reflection of the grand dock at its end - the sculpture reflects the magnificence of engineering and the modern reincarnation of the dock which will secure its future
The auction will take place on 18th November 2019, and funds raised will support Article 25′s mission to help improve the future for some of the most vulnerable communities across many continents, often in the aftermath of disasters, through building resilient infrastructure and space for health, education and fulfilling livelihoods.