The circular artwork by the artist Chemical X, entitled ‘Rush’, measures 1.2m in diameter and contains 4111 replica ‘ecstasy’ pills embossed with the ‘Ying Yang’ symbol which was a popular pill amongst ravers back in the Summer of Love in the 1980s.
The anonymous British artist who counts Cara Delevingne and Fatboy Slim AKA Norman Cook amongst his collectors, has donated a work of art valued at £50,000 to the harm reduction drug and alcohol service, The Loop to help them buy equipment to expand their pioneering Multi Agency Safety Testing (MAST). After launching in UK city centres in May 2018, the Loop are crowdfunding to set up pop-up labs across the UK to provide a free and anonymous drug safety testing service for clubbers, festival goers and anyone with substances of concern.
Chemical X said in a statement:
“I support the promotion of ‘informed choice’ rather than the fantasy of enforced abstinence – 95% of regular users of illegal substances don’t have a problem apart from ignorance of what they are actually taking. That’s why I support The Loop and what they are doing to make the night time economy a safer environment for young people to enjoy. My art is about potential suspended in an everlasting moment, it does not glorify nor condemn personal drug choices but, like all art, reflects society back in on itself for re-examination.”
You can enter the competition by heading over to The Loop webpage and following the competition guidelines.
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