Sir Peter is the latest significant cultural figure to take inspiration from one of the biggest infrastructure changes in modern Britain
Legendary artist Sir Peter Blake is the latest impressive heavyweight to get behind the UK’s smart meter roll out. He has announced that he will be creating a unique work of art to mark the roll out of smart meters to all homes in Great Britain by 2020.
The artwork will be shown in an exhibition entitled ‘Pop Sm-Art’ later this year. It will feature the new smart meter in-home displays that are provided with smart meters, which show households in real time exactly how much gas and electricity they are using in pounds and pence.
Sir Peter said, “Pop art has always been designed for a mass audience so is the perfect medium to capture the significance of smart meters and their arrival in homes across Britain. I am looking forward to getting started and producing a piece of work that serves to record such a big historical and cultural change.”
Often referred to as the Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter is perhaps most well known for the iconic sleeve design for Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles, which he co created with his ex wife, US artist Jann Haworth.
His other famous works include On the Balcony, as well as other album covers for seminal bands such as The Who and Eric Clapton.
Sir Peter is the latest significant cultural figure to take inspiration from one of the biggest infrastructure changes in modern Britain.
Earlier in the year Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy published ‘Meters’, a poem that marked the digital switchover from analogue to smart meters.
In November 2015, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed ‘A Requiem for Meters’, a three-minute piece of music played entirely on instruments made from old gas and electricity meters. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released for free on Spotify.
Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Smart Energy GB, said, “It is fantastic that one of our greatest living artists is going to produce a work of art that will visually capture the new smart meter in-home displays which are quickly becoming a fixture of our everyday lives. Over 50 million smart meters will be installed in Great British households by 2020 showing consumers exactly how much energy they are using.”
More than four million smart meters have already been installed across Great Britain. 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.
With just over three more years to go, we wonder what other British cultural icons will lend their creativity to the roll out.
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