Drop by Paul Cocksedge


Drop by Paul Cocksedge

London Design Festival 2010: designer Paul Cocksedge has installed a large buckled disc outside the Southbank Centre in London.

Drop by Paul Cocksedge

The piece is magnetic, meaning passers-by can attach their unwanted pennies to its golden surface.

Drop by Paul Cocksedge

Once the installation closes on 8 October, one pound will be donated to children's charity Barnardo's for every penny attached to the disc.

Drop by Paul Cocksedge

Called Drop, the project was commissioned by the London Design Festival for their annual Size + Matter programme.

Drop by Paul Cocksedge

See Shigeru Ban's Paper Tower for last year's Size + Matter in our earlier story.

Drop by Paul Cocksedge

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Drop by Paul Cocksedge

The information below is from Cocksedge:

An installation by Paul Cocksedge Studio for the London Design Festival.

18th September - 8th October 2010 London Design Festival Size + Matter Commission Southbank Centre
Cocksedge conceived 'Drop' as an outsize coin ‘which has fallen to Earth from a giant's palm’. Lightly buckled upon landing improbably upright.

Amongst other intriguing properties the giant coin is magnetic, encouraging passers-by to participate by affixing their spare pennies, facilitating a human connection with an otherworldly object. 'Drop' will thus be copper plated through many small human acts of contribution. At the end of the installation the public contributions will be counted and Barnardo’s corporate partners will turn every penny into one pound. The ambition is to emulate the success of the Studio’s ‘Kiss’ installation in Milan last year which raised a large donation for good causes.

The sculpture is made possible through collaboration with Arup and Van Driel Engineering.

Paul Cocksedge Studio is the internationally acclaimed design practice of partners Joana Pinho and Paul Cocksedge, based in London. The studio undertakes in-house design, commissions and consultancy work for a range of clients and sectors. Production ranges from bespoke manufacturing to licensing technologies. The Studio is dedicated to the creation of sophisticated, cutting edge products and installations.

Barnardo’s works with more than 100,000 children, young people and their families in 415 specialised projects in communities across the UK. We believe in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. Every year we help thousands of children turn their lives around. But we cannot do it without you. Visit www.barnardos.org.uk to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.

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Last year's installation by
Shigeru Ban
More about Paul
More about this year's London Design Festival

Posted on Thursday September 23rd 2010 at 7:45 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Erik

    Very bad for your mobile-phone or creditcard..

  • JuiceMajor

    This look like fun….little joy!!

  • B.Otto

    It does look like fun–
    you can leave money, but are you allowed to take it?
    Even if homeless?

  • kwyjibo

    Walked past this, looked boring. I prefer my outdoor art to be more imposing and direct.

    Didn't know the charity connection though, so next time I walk past, I'll make a tiny donation. 1 pound for every penny? Sounds fantastic!

  • There are a lot of homeless people living around the South Bank Centre buildings.

    It must be a heartbreaking for them to see money, of which they have none, displayed in this way, and the temptation to scavenge coins from this monument must be great, and humiliating.

    The charity adage is secondary to the concept, and I doubt of little interest to the people who live with nothing in it’s immediate proximity.

    • amsam

      oh lighten up.

      since the pennies are put there for charity anyway, i can't imagine anyone would mind a homeless person grabbing a handful if s/he needed them.

      but the point is they're not going to, since pennies are so useless nowadays any homeless person can make more money panhandling on a street corner for an hour then they could scraping a few coppers off a magnetic sculpture. If the piece involved burning hundred dollar bills in a battered women's shelter you might have a point.

      next please tell us how insensitive the people are who throw coins into fountains for luck. just imagine the humiliation! what jerks!

    • edd

      I think you have missed the point of this piece of art ! this actually benefits others ! even if in a different country. do you not think sitting on the street in dirty clothes and begging is humiliating then? or is this added coin a breach of human rights, at least this way the homeless can pick the coins of this rather than having coins them thrown at them.

  • andie

    this installation not just asking people to give or donate, but also try to test our sense of morality or ability to restrain ourselves from taking the money

  • raul

    I really like his work, witty and humorous, thumbs up to Paul Cock's Edge

  • Xeron

    I don´t know what I dislike more, people doing pessimist and frustrating remarks (I don´t think your mobile will brake or homeless will be crying) Or artists trying to justificate their pieces with fakes social aims in order to get people approval and the favor of press… Beautiful piece anyway.
    P.S "Cock´s Edge! I just got it :p"

  • art and charity. I would want to engage if I walk by.