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Issue 105 - Blake's Eight

Whisky Magazine Issue 105
July 2012


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Blake's Eight

Sir Peter Blake is one of the UK's most important artists; among his meister work, the iconic cover for The Beatles' seminal album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As he approached his 80th birthday, the artist, who has a long-standing connection with The Macallan, (having designed the label which adorned the first 12 bottles of the highly collectable Macallan 1926) has teamed up with the distillery to help create a limited release series of miniatures, celebrating the eight decades of his life.

The project is the result of a collaboration between the celebrated godfather of British pop art and the highly regarded writer Hugh Bredin, cabinetmaker Phil Lardner, graphic designer Professor Philip Cleaver and Art Director Stuart Newman, resulting in the Blake @LXXX Collection; an oak box divided in to eight sections, each decade having a backdrop and artefact designed, inspired or chosen by Sir Peter Blake. Alongside a book about Blake's incredible life the box also holds miniatures of different Macallans from the last eight decades, the labels were designed by the artist himself.

Creative director David Holmes was the man tasked with creating a piece of artwork that would celebrate not only the life of the great artist, but also eight decades of The Macallan. “I thought the best thing would be to illustrate the four elements that go into making whisky: air, fire, earth and water, so everything in the artwork box is associated with that,” he explains.

“The concept c...

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