Artistic pencil sculpture unveiled in T5 at London Heathrow Airport

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An 11.5ft pencil sculpture has been unveiled in Terminal 5 (T5) at London Heathrow Airport in the UK as part of a photographic art project created by Alex Hammond and Mike Tinney.

The Secret Life of the Pencil project is a nostalgic appreciation of the simple pencil in an age where touchscreen computers and typing have all but replaced the modest stylus. The project, formed in coordination with UK-based charity Children in Crisis and fashion brand Paul Smith, resulted in several artworks being auctioned to raise money to help children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

Now Hammond and Tinney will travel to Congo between October 15 and November 30, 2015, to witness first hand how the donations have helped the children of the country. The pencil sculpture in T5 at London Heathrow will then be used to exhibit the photographic images from the artists’ charity mission.

Passengers at London Heathrow can contribute to Children in Crisis by purchasing limited edition Secret Life of the Pencil posters and original prints at the Paul Smith shop in T5 or online at

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