Video showing the making of It’s All Our Blood
On 6 August 1945 twin atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing between 300,000 and 900,000 people. It is an act that continues to haunt our collective history and spark global debate. Harry Pearce was recently asked to submit a work exploring the enduring affects of the the attack for the University of Maryland Art Gallery’s ‘Questioning the Bomb’ exhibition. To make the resulting poster - It’s All Our Blood - Harry used his own blood to show how much the events of that day still weigh on all our shoulders.
London is the greenest city in Europe, and a huge part of this greenery can be found in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Founded in 1759 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Kew is the world’s largest collection of living plants, a botanical research centre and one of London’s most popular visitor attractions.
Kew epitomises many aspect of what makes London unique, with its sprawling green space, its royal heritage and dedication to innovative research. Harry Pearce and team have created a new identity for the gardens, which brings all these qualities to the fore.
Harry Pearce shares insights into a recent trip to Beijing where he photographed renowned artist Ai Weiwei as part of his upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy.
I could so easily have just used an existing shot of Ai Weiwei, or a piece of his work for the identity of the Royal Academy show this coming September.
But I wanted to honour him in a far greater way. His inability to leave China and be a part of the show itself meant, I believed, I should go to him. To make something with him and bring it back – so symbolically bringing him here.