Pink Floyd included in new Peter Blake mural at London's Royal Albert Hall
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A specially-commissioned mural by artist Sir Peter Blake, 82, entitled Appearing at the Royal Albert Hall was unveiled yesterday at the iconic London venue. It is a new work with distinct echoes of his 1967 piece created for the cover of The Beatles album, Sgt Pepper's. The Hall was opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert's vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria are both represented in the mural.

Figures from entertainment, sport, science and the arts, all of whom have spoken or performed at the Knightsbridge hall since its opening, battle for attention in the 10ft high triptych, which is next to the Hall’s Café Bar in the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Porch and Foyer at Door 12 of the Hall. Included amongst the 400 luminaries in the image are three-quarters of the 1967 line-up of Pink Floyd, with only Richard Wright missing from the mural.

Sir Peter had not seen the finished mural, produced by digital manipulation, until the unveiling. "I've only seen it on computer," he said. "Hi-def images are just clearer and better. Sgt Pepper was a much more laborious process. Each cut-out had to be printed up photographically and stuck down and hand tinted. Now I'd do it on a computer obviously. Most of the names [for inclusion in the mural] were sent to me by the Royal Albert Hall."

You can explore the piece in detail here - and see if you can spot the Floyd: