The Drop by Paul Cocksedge

Festival Commission

18 — 26 Sept 2010

Architecture / Landscape, Industrial & Product Design, Multi-Disciplinary Design

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Rd



Paul Cocksedge's 'The Drop' was a huge metal coin, as if fallen from the skies outside the entrance of the Southbank Centre.

At the Southbank Centre, Paul Cocksedge was commissioned by London Design Festival organisers to produce an installation for its Size + Matter initiative. The Drop was conceived of as a huge coin that fell to earth from a giant's palm and buckled on impact. The installation was interactive: the disc was slightly magnetised and visitors were encouraged to stick their loose pennies on the surface not unlike a 21st century wishing well. At the end of the installation, each penny added was turned into a donation of £1 to Barnardo's. 'Through the accumulation of many tiny coins the piece becomes a physical representation of what charity can achieve. Many small and seemingly insignificant coins become a large amount which can go towards helping other people,' explained the designer. 'Initially it will sparkle,' Cocksedge continued, 'then become something very city, very street, very raw.'.