The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is one of several London hotels currently working on renovations. As part of the new look, the hotel has revealed a bold new collage mural covering the facade of the building.
The temporary move, which has been made for the first phase of the hotel’s £185m renovation, will last until the end of May. The collage is by Sir Peter Blake, often referred to as the godfather of British pop art. It’s a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and the original album artwork that Blake himself designed.
The huge piece, measuring 25m by 70.7m and called Our Fans, features 100 recognisable figures who love the hotel group.
They include musicians like Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Brian Ferry. You can also spot actors ranging from Helen Mirren and Whoopi Goldberg to Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson.
The huge collage took about 30 hours to produce using a computer. That might not seem like that much, but piecing the images together so that they all fit can be painstaking work.
Anyone walking past the hotel at 66 Knightsbridge won’t be able to miss the imposing collage. It’s a fun way to keep the building looking presentable while work is taking place and passersby can pick out the people they recognise as they stand and look at it.
The Mandarin Oriental’s renovations will be ongoing for the next year, due to be completed in spring 2018.
The hotel will remain open while work is taking place. The renovation will include a complete interior redesign by Joyce Wang. The collage on the exterior of the building is a great way to keep the hotel in the spotlight as they work on a new look.
The new piece of artwork will temporarily be a bright beacon leading people to the hotel. It won’t be there forever so you’ll have to see it while you can.
Photo credits: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.