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Reclaimed Choas, ‘Next Big Thing’ London Live

Submitted by Elyssa Sykes-Smith

Client: 'Next Big Thing', London Live

Location: London, United Kingdom

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team


James Nicholls

Next Big Thing


Sam Hockley

Next Big Thing


‘Reclaimed Chaos’ is a sculptural installation created from reclaimed wood from London construction sites that would otherwise have been
discarded. The artwork presents London embodied as a protagonist within the global narrative of the climate crisis. Climate psychology is a new way of understanding our collective paralysis in the face of worsening climate change. London, an urban space defined by a dynamic energy, an interconnected and ever-changing construction, has come to a standstill like a held breath. Reclaimed Chaos offers a paused moment of reflection within a haze of uncertainty, an opportunity to observe our relationship with and as nature.


'Next Big Thing' is a dynamic, formatted six-part TV series with elements of documentary, art history, jeopardy, competition, celebrity and style. Shot mainly on location, it captures the creative day to day life of our 11 chosen winners, and follows as they create a piece of original work reflecting ‘The Spirit of London’. The series observes the artist's inspirations, hear their aspirations – and watch them grow under the guidance of top artist mentors. Everything leads up to the exhibition week at the Old Design Museum (London, UK), the big reveal of all finished works, then opened to a global auction of buyers and collectors.

Additional Information

To access the full 6-part TV series, and/or a compilation film of the process of creating Reclaimed Chaos please contact Elyssa Sykes-Smith.