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ES Magazine publishes 'London United' collector's edition

The issue, which has six unique covers, pays tribute to the city’s resilience in the face of recent tragedies – Westminster, Borough Market, Finsbury Park and Grenfell Tower – and commemorates the 12th anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings. 

The six different covers have been created by prominent artists – Ai Weiwei, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anish Kapoor, Gillian Wearing, Antony Gormley and Jamie Hewlett.

Gillian Wearing's ambitious idea for her cover was to capture 52 Londoners, standing for a minute’s silence to commemorate the 52 people who lost their lives in the 7/7 terrorist attacks in 2005. She says: "Silence brings everyone together in universal participation."

Wolfgang Tillmans was travelling home on the Tube when inspiration struck. The image on his cover, bearing the words 'London, Light, Hope', was taken in that moment. 

Anish Kapoor's contribution aims to convey optimistic sensibility. He says: "We grieve together and then we know, together we must glow." 

Antony Gormley's cover was inspired by his reflections on how "resilience and common sympathy occurs with every precious existence" and how "the liquidity of consciousness gives immediate access to joy and trauma".

Jamie Hewlett came up with his concept in 24 hours, saying: "The way people pull together is a multi-coloured show of strength." 

Ai Weiwei submitted an excerpt from a newly released piece from Odyssey, which was recently shown in Jerusalem.

ESI describes the special edition as paying tribute to individuals who became heroes when terror struck by highlighting first-hand the stories of courage and bravery that emerged. Contributors include a member of the public who housed victims of the Grenfell fire and an off-duty doctor who left his home to help victims of the London Bridge attack.

The issue also features a shoot with photographer Charlie Kwai as he documents acts of kindness in the capital; Ben Machell writing about London's enduring spirit and what makes this city so special to everyone who lives here, and Grace Dent's return to El Pastor, the restaurant in the heart of Borough that was tragically caught up in the terrorist attack.

The 'My London' slot features Roy 'Lion of London Bridge' Larner, the Millwall fan who single-handedly took on three knife-wielding jihadists on the night of the Borough attacks.

Editor Laura Weir said: "With this London United Collector’s Edition of ES Magazine and its six unique covers, I wanted to pay tribute to the capital's resilience in the face of recent tragedies. This issue is designed to spread a message of hope and respect, and to create an enduring platform that will keep these stories alive."

by Jessie Sampson 06/07/17

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