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Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’ Graffiti

Band exhibits artwork for children’s charity in London



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Coldplay raised over £130,000 for a children's charity at the launch of its artwork exhibition in London on Wednesday night. Frontman Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland both attended the private viewing of original artwork at Proud Galleries in Camden, North London. Sales of the artwork and prints will benefit Kids Company, a charity which provides support to vulnerable children.

Speaking at the event, Martin praised Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh and urged people to contribute, telling reporters: "There's a range of stuff, with prices from £1 to £1 million."

Artwork featured includes the original 7m by 2.5m graffiti wall, created by Coldplay and artist Paris, that became the Mylo Xyloto album artwork, plus unseen photographs from their world tour, which concluded its Australian leg November 21st in Brisbane. At that show, Martin hinted of a hiatus for the band: "This is our last big show for three years or so," he said, although the band still has three U.S. shows to perform this year.

Other stars attending the launch included Mylo Xyloto producer Brian Eno, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman's daughter Bella Cruise, and Spice Girl Melanie "Mel C" Chisholm, who was seen laughing and joking with Martin. The exhibition runs at Proud Camden until December 2nd.

By Mark Sutherland


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Coldplay gets its spray cans out during the making of the graffiti-inspired Mylo Xyloto artwork. (left-right: Chris Martin, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman)

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At work

Coldplay's Guy Berryman at work on some graffiti art. The Mylo Xyloto artwork is now on display at the band's charity exhibition in London.

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Finishing touches

Coldplay's Jonny Buckland applies the finishing touches to some Mylo Xyloto artwork, now being shown at the band's charity exhibition in London.

Album art

Another section of graffiti art, created by Coldplay and artwork collaborator Paris during the making of the Mylo Xyloto album. This part was used on the back of the CD album booklet.

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