Coldplay’s Album Art On Sale For Charity
The rock band – Coldplay has taken on a charitable initiative for the disadvantaged children and are raising money by selling their album art. To accompany the band’s five sold out concerts at Wembley, the exhibition opens in London.
Album Artists, who make art for musicians and have worked on three albums for Coldplay – “A Head Full of Dreams” (2015), “Mylo Xyloto” (2011), and “Ghost Stories” (2014) are organizing an event in Camden where the works will be showcased. Art that is associated with the albums have been doing pretty well in the charity department where they have already raised £ 1 million with “AHFOD” the most recent album raising £45,000 even before the event begins.
It took two weeks from the day when the news was released on social media for the Album Art to sell 10 lyrics, handwritten or drawn by Chris Martin, the singer for £4,500 each. These will be showcased with the works by Pilar Zeta, the Argentinian artist known for producing the original collage and “Flower of Life” that went on to become the final album cover. In addition to these there are several pieces from the development of the artwork, that are yet unseen and a whole series of personal works by Zeta which were the inspiration behind the band’s decision to commission her.
Her collage, the biggest piece at 3.5 meters long is valued at £120,000 excluding taxes. Consisting of a number of images from Zeta’s childhood, scanned photographs of found postcards, vintage books, the collage is a glimpse of Zeta herself, especially created in a London studio. The cover art of the single “Adventure of a Lifetime” was one such fantastic juxtaposition of imageries like planets and cherubs. The video for “Up & Up” was also the result of an impact of such surrealism.
In spite of the mixed reviews received by the seventh and the latest Coldplay studio album, “AHFOD” has been successful in achieving a global sale of 2 million since its release in December 2015. Apart from that, it also managed to reign as the number 1 on the British charts.
For the fans there are unlimited pieces on sale for £25 excluding taxes. For those with deeper pockets there is a limited edition of 50 images, 80 x 80cm work signed by each of the band members and by Zeta available for £1,500 excluding taxes.
It is through these funds that J Van Mars, Coldplay’s charity intends to establish a space for disadvantaged youngsters. Zeta, also would be donating the proceeds from the event for the same cause.
In 2011, October for the release of the band’s album “Mylo Xyloto”, Album Artists are known to have sold the cover which was a 16 meter long colorful painting by the members of the band and the renowned graffiti artist Paris bringing in £500,000 along with some more prints and posters. This flamboyant graffiti wall was then superimposed with the writing “MYL-OXYL-OTO” to create the final cover. A special page was then set up by the group where people go and lay over their own initials creating an eclectic piece of interactive art.
Fraser Scott, director of A Gallery and Album Artists speaks fondly of their collaboration with Mila Furstova, a Britain based Czech artist for Coldplay’s May 2014 release “Ghost Stories”. The original etchings that were signed by the band and the preliminary drawings were sold out at a show held by Coldplay. This surreal album art presented angel wings against a night sky with interchangeable features like lovers, candles, and white doves on the wings.