Famous artwork given modern makeover to highlight impact of fly-tipping | The Sun
9th November 2022

A FAMOUS artwork has been given a modern makeover to highlight the impact of flytipping.

Richard Wilson's 'The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham' has been reworked by digital artist Quentin Devine as part of a range of classical art modified to reflect major modern problems.

The new version of the beautiful landscape painting now shows the once-pristine countryside scene litters with shopping trolleys, mattresses and household junk.

Devine's intention is to bring attention to the devastating damage flytipping does the the countryside.

Other modified classics in the collection include Sir John Everett Millais' 'Ophelia in the Stream', which has been reconfigured to reflect the issue of river pollution.

Meanwhile, L.S. Lowry's 'Coming Home from the Mill' has been changed to highlight changing working patterns and increased social isolation.


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The previously crowded scene, depicting workers walking home set against an industrial background, is now reduced to just one figure, making the journey home alone.

All of the reworked pieces were made to celebrate the launch of Samsung's 'Solve for Tomorrow' competition for 2023.

The competition encouraged young people to solve societal and global problems using technology.

Devine's work is being displayed at the brand's flagship store in Kings Cross, London until November 17.

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The artist said: "Reinventing the classics with a modern twist was a huge challenge but something of a labour of love – as many of the issues highlighted are close to my heart.

"The pictures highlighting Britain’s past and present, but there is a lot we can do about the future and that is why projects like ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ are so important."

Meanwhile, Sophie Edgerely Harris, head of corporate social responsibility at Samsung Electronics UK, said: "The artworks that Quentin Devine has created aim to illustrate in a unique way the societal topics that young people in the UK today are most motivated to positively contribute to.

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"By reimagining some of these scenes using digital artistry, we hope more people will be inspired to enter their tech-for-good idea into this year’s Solve for Tomorrow Competition."

She added that last-years winners had devised "smart lockers" to support homeless people and a mobility aid for those with visual impairment.

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