Sir Peter Blake's Union Jack Swarovski Elements Phone Box

Sir Peter Blake’s Union Jack Swarovski Elements Phone Box

July 14, 2012  |  News

Sir Peter Blake, one of the leading figures in British pop art, has created a Union Jack phone box with the help of Swarovski, for BT ArtBox – a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Childline.

Using more than 400,000 spectacular Swarovski Elements, Sir Peter has created a truly iconic piece for the BT ArtBox project. BT ArtBox sees replicas of the original Gilbert Scott designed phone box, transformed across the streets of London by some of Britain’s very best creative minds. At the end of the project all boxes will be auctioned off to raise money for charity ChildLine’s 25th anniversary.

Blake explained the significance of the project to The Telegraph Culture: “It has been a pleasure to use Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic phone box and to work with Swarovski to create a celebration of Britishness in 2012, the year of the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee, the London Olympic Games and the 25th anniversary of Childline.”

Known as The Godfather of British pop art, Blake is best remembered for the iconic album cover ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ for The Beatles. He became one of the best known British pop artists during the late 1950s.

His work focused heavily on the icons of popular culture, including imagery from advertisements, music venues and wrestling matches, often with collaged elements. He became a Royal Academician in 1981, a CBE in 1983 and received a knighthood for his services to art in 2002.

BTArtbox runs from 18th June until 16th July, and ‘Union Jack 2012′ by Sir Peter Blake can be seen at New Bond Street (Churchill statue). Please check the BTArtbox Location Map for details.

Sir Peter Blake's Union Jack Swarovski Elements Phone Box

Sir Peter Blake and 'Union Jack 2012'. Image © BT ArtBox and Fiona Hanson

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