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London airports have this massive appeal that covers the key aspects of efficient travelling, luxurious shopping, and fantastic dining. Aside from that, these majestic airplane runways are sort of blank canvasses waiting to be covered by the magic of world-class artists. Artists such as Sir Peter Blake, for instance.
Throughout the years, airports in London have embraced simple solutions that make passengers’ lives easier. From providing topnotch amenities, to elevating the standards of transportation, to even welcoming new technologies, these landing fields have consistently raised the stakes in terms of comfort and convenience. In fact, Parking4Less, a UK-based parking aggregator, notes four different kinds of airport parking that – in more ways than one – alleviate the sheer volume parked vehicles. Today, in addition to these valuable improvements, British airports such as London Gatwick have added an aesthetically pleasing facet to the equation.
Known for his iconic design of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, Sir Peter Blake has put his signature stamp called The London Collection on Gatwick’s North and South Terminals. Blake came up with London-inspired art works for both terminals that greet passengers to all things great about the city.
During his interview with BreakingTravelNews.com, the 83-year-old artist claimed “This project instantly captured my imagination – a chance to showcase London to an international public and to remind Brits how great it is to be back on British soil.” He added: “I hope it will provide a sense of welcome and that everyone who travels through Gatwick will share my love for both art and London and that they are able to relate to these pieces in some way.”
The London Collection truly reflects Sir Peter Blake’s passion and gives Gatwick passengers a first-hand look at the city’s vast multicultural and cosmopolitan essence through a walk-through gallery of 12 works of art. These creations capture Blake’s classic feel and romanticism, as well as offer a nostalgic taste of a return trip back home. Truly, this is another step in the right direction for London airports to fully commit in breaking and establishing innovative paradigms in the travel industry.
Text: John Bradley