3 JUNE 2013
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With the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation being celebrated today (Monday 2 June) Gatwick Airport has unveiled the latest addition to its British artwork collection.
‘The People’s Monarch’, commissioned by BBC South East and created by British artist Helen Marshall, depicts the Queen at the time of her coronation and at her Diamond Jubilee. Viewers of BBC South East Today and listeners of BBC Radio Kent, Sussex and Surrey were asked to send in photographs of themselves, friends and relatives, which were then used to create the unique mosaic to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee last year.
The artwork, which is the size of a double-decker bus, has been installed on Pier 2 – one of Gatwick’s oldest piers. It is a particularly fitting place to display the piece, as it was opened by Her Majesty in 1958.
Willie McGillivray, Product Development Director at Gatwick, said: “It is a real honour for London Gatwick to have the pleasure of installing this piece of artwork, nearly 60 years to the day since her Majesty’s coronation. Developing a sense of welcome and British pride at the airport is something passengers have told us they would like to see more of, so we very much hope they enjoy viewing the piece”. www.gatwickairport.com
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