Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Mandarin Oriental Hyde ParkThis June will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles‘ landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which boasts a famous cover designed by U.K. artist Peter Blake featuring a collage of celebrities and historical figures. Now Blake has created a new star-studded mural based on Sgt. Pepper’s cover that was unveiled Tuesday in London on the façade of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel.
The new collage, which is titled “Our Fans,” features 99 noteworthy people, including two who graced the Sgt. Pepper’s cover — Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
“This piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album,” Blake tells the hotel’s own MO magazine. “It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles’ bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album.”
Other famous faces appearing in the mural include such music artists as Annie Lennox and Bryan Ferry, as well as Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Joan Collins and Blake, himself.
The mural, which was commissioned by the Mandarin Oriental, is scheduled to cover the hotel’s façade for nine months as it undergoes renovations.
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