Legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake is donating one of his latest and most unusual pictures The Arrival of the Smart Meters to Llanfyllin Workhouse in Llanfyllin. Smart meters will be offered to every household in Great Britain by 2020 as part of the digitisation of our national energy system, bringing an end to estimated bills and showing us what we’re spending on energy in near-real time in pounds and pence.
Impact Arts will receive an original print from the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, famous for work including the design of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. The charity, which helps people and communities transform their lives through creativity and the arts, will be given one of just 30 signed prints that are being donated to charities, universities and community projects across the country.
The Arrival of the Smart Meters was created by Sir Peter to mark the coming of smart meters to every home in Great Britain. The picture takes inspiration from the smart meter in-home displays that show households how much energy they are using in pounds and pence. The picture transforms the displays into colourful people, representing the army of smart meter installers bringing this new technology to every home in the country.
All 30 prints have been on display in the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds for the last month.
Sir Peter Blake said:
“I took inspiration for my latest work from the artist Saul Steinberg, who gave new meaning to everyday objects. In this case the smart meters suggested little bodies to me, so I turned them into people, symbolising the installers who are fitting the meters into every home in Great Britain. I love that something that can be seen as rather workaday is being introduced with art, and Arrival of the Smart Meters is an interesting way of highlighting its national significance.”
Claire Maugham, Director of policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout said:
“People across the country will be able to see these pictures, by one of our greatest living artists, in their communities. Sir Peter Blake has brought smart meters and the national rollout to life in such a creative way. I hope these pictures inspire people around the country to find out more about how they can get their smart meter.”
Fiona Dorin, Director at Impact Arts said:
“Llanfyllin Workhouse is delighted and honoured to have been chosen to house this original print by Sir Peter Blake. Our Gallery, Oriel y Dolydd, is becoming known for high quality temporary exhibitions and we are looking to build up a permanent collection over time in this fine historic building. The theme of the print, celebrating the arrival of smart meters, reflects our own aim to respect the environment. We look forward to displaying it to the public.
The Workhouse belongs to a charitable trust which is working to preserve the Workhouse for the community. Last year we opened the Workhouse History Centre which is the only workhouse museum in Wales and is on view daily free of charge. The building houses many local enterprises as a well as a Venue and 24-bed bunkhouse, and the six acres of grounds are used for ecological activities and courses by the Llanfyllin Workhouse Green Hub as well as music events and horse shows.
Eight in ten people with smart meters would recommend one and the same proportion say they have taken steps to save energy, such as turning off lights, turning their heating down or changing the way household appliances are used.
Watch a film of Sir Peter Blake talking about his latest piece of pop art here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV6lujhXeNI
Download the original HD file of Sir Peter Blake talking about his latest piece of pop art here https://vimeo.com/190991447
For more information the national smart meter rollout visit www.smartenergyGB.org.
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