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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.
The Loop’s #TimeToTest campaign is supported by a number of high profile celebrities including rap artist Professor Green who is offering a cameo in an upcoming music video as a reward.
Professor Green said, “The Government’s rigid adherence to a policy of abstinence means that people are dying for just wanting a good night out. The Loop deals in reality and not empty rhetoric. I don’t want to see another avoidable drug death”
Fatboy Slim has also donated a reward of backstage passes to meet him and other artists at the superstar DJs’ Elrow Town show in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 19th August this year.
Norman Cook [Fatboy Sim] said, “I have witnessed The Loop in action at my last Manchester gig and I’m fully supportive of what they are trying to do. I’m happy to do what I can to help and would encourage anyone to donate and support this important initiative.”
A host of other DJs and musicians will also be offering experiential rewards that money can’t buy in the coming weeks which will be available via The Loop’s crowdfunding page. There is also an opportunity to obtain an exclusive Chemical X-designed #TimeToTest t shirt as a reward for a £25 donation, as well as a chance to win his artwork: https://crowd.science/campaigns/time-to-test/
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.”
Professor Fiona Measham, Professor of Criminology at Durham University and Director of the Loop said:
“It’s such an honour to be given this artwork by Chemical X, not just because of his extraordinary generosity but because his art perfectly embodies the Loop’s ethos, exploring the complexities of contemporary drug use and also challenging us all to take action. This includes empowering individuals to question what they put in their bodies, highlighting the unknown contents consumed in pursuit of pleasure, and acknowledging the serious and even fatal impact for a small number. This artwork will literally help us to reach more users, the competition will raise funds for the Loop to carry out our harm reduction, welfare and drug safety testing services further afield. And for the price of a £2 text, 1 lucky reader could win this piece. But sadly, as Loop Director, I’m not allowed to enter the competition.”
About Chemical X:
Chemical X is a UK based contemporary artist first known for designing the iconic Ministry of Sound logo. His controversial artworks are collected internationally and sell for tens of thousands of pounds and beyond. In 2017 he created a work entitled ‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ which featured a hyper real sculpture of a figure reported to be modelled from life of Cara Delevingne set in over 7000 ecstasy pills which went on sale for £1million. However, the model has never been officially identified by the artist nor has the purchaser of the work. Chemical X does not sell through official auction houses preferring private sales and cryptocurrency transactions with clients who generally prefer to remain anonymous.