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Peter Blake creates digital mural for London's Royal Albert Hall

Huge work will be a montage of performers who have appeared at the famous venue

Blake’s cover for the Beatles’s “Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” album

Peter Blake, the UK artist often described as the godfather of British Pop Art, tells The Art Newspaper that he has created a monumental new digital piece for the Royal Albert Hall in London. Blake says that the wall mural, which is at least ten feet high, is a montage of all the personalities who have appeared at the music and sports venue near Kensington Gardens, which opened in 1871. One of Blake’s most famous works is the montage he co-produced for the cover of the Beatles’s “Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band” album in 1967.

“[The mural] includes Hiawatha, Chuck Berry and [the late UK boxer] Henry Cooper,” says Blake. (Hiawatha’s inclusion is due to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s choral trilogy “The Song of Hiawatha” being performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the 1920s and 1930s). Blake’s work is due to be unveiled shortly.

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