Pop Art Party: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park unveils colossal collage created by pioneering artist Sir Peter Blake
Today, British pop artist Sir Peter Blake unveiled his largest piece of work to date, spanning the entire façade of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London – the equivalent to 38 double-decker buses.
The pop art pioneer was been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to create the spectacular collage to conceal the five-star European flagship hotel’s renovations over the coming months. Forget tarpaulin, a party of famous faces will shield the Knightsbridge hotel while building work takes place, flecked in colourful confetti.
Entitled Our Fans, the collage echoes The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover and stars 100 prominent faces spanning art, entertainment and culture, ranging from Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley to Graham Norton, Christian Louboutin, Jane Seymour OBE and Whoopi Goldberg, all of whom are regular guests with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr also feature in the buoyant Beatles-inspired collage, as well as celebrity chefs Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud.
“This artwork was very different to my usual way of working,” said Sir Peter Blake, often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together – making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs – that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on."
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