The Arsenal first team have unveiled a unique 3 metre x 1.5 metre life-size piece of artwork which players helped create using radio controlled versions of the new Citroen C4.
The artwork was commissioned in aid of Centrepoint, London's largest youth homeless charity and Arsenal's charity for the season of 2010/11, as part of Arsenal's "Be a Gooner. Be a Giver" initiative. The piece was revealed in a goalmouth at the Club's Hertfordshire training ground, the image depicts a goal celebration.
Artist Ian Cook of Popbangcolour began painting the piece at the Emirates Stadium during Arsenal's dedicated matchday for Centrepoint against Fulham in December 2010. Work continued at Arsenal's Training centre with the help of Gael Clichy, Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny, assisted by two young people who are helped by the charity.
Cook commented: "It's great to see the final piece sitting in the goal. It's taken over 50 hours to create, which all started at the Emirates back in December last year. I think all three players enjoyed playing with the Citroen radio-controlled cars and hopefully they are as proud of the finished piece as I am. I've got my fingers crossed this will raise lots of money for Centrepoint."
Gael Clichy, who visited Centrepoint's hostel in central London at Christmas time to meet the young people with whom the charity works, added: "This is the second time I've been part of a very unique art project with Arsenal and Citroen for its Charity of the Season initiative. It's a bit creative, it raises money and you are able to do something a little different with the young people who are the most important part of the Club's partnership."
As part of Arsenal's "Be a Gooner. Be a Giver" campaign, the Gunners aim to raise £500,000 to create a state-of-the-art service in a refurbished building in Soho, to help homeless young people across London to develop essential life skills.Published 14 April 2011