Classic artworks including Constable and Lowry given a modern makeover to highlight some of the pressing problems facing the world today.
John Constable’s ‘The Haywain’ has been reimagined as if Constable had painted the picture in the summer of 2022, when Britain
and Europe witnessed record temperatures.
The once lush riverside scene is rendered barren, surrounded by scorched earth, in a new version which clearly warns of the dangers of global warming.
Sir John Everett Millais’ ‘Ophelia in the Stream’ is reworked to reflect the pollution of Britain’s rivers, streams and waterways which dominated the UK news cycle this summer.
The re-imagined artworks were specially created by acclaimed digital artist Quentin Devine to mark the launch of Samsung’s global ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ competition for 2023, which encourages young people to help solve societal and global problems using technology.
Richard Wilson’s ‘The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham’, illustrates the devastating impact fly tipping can have on the British countryside - as shopping trolleys, mattresses and assorted household junk are added to the scene.
While Seurat’s, ‘A Sunday on La Grande Jatte’, illustrates the epidemic of urban loneliness which has come to light following Covid, with all the people reduced to a lone man sat head bowed in quiet contemplation.
Finally, Lowry’s acclaimed ‘Coming Home from the Mill’, is reconfigured to show a single worker reflecting the change in working patterns, and again, highlight the issue of social isolation.
The artworks are being displayed until the 17th November at Samsung
KX - the brand’s flagship store in Kings Cross.