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'The People's Monarch' artwork unveiled at Gatwick

'The People's Monarch' artwork unveiled at Gatwick
29 May 2013

Passengers catching cheap flights to Gatwick Airport will now be greeted by a double-decker-bus-sized piece of two-panel artwork depicting the Queen at the time of her coronation in 1953 and 59 years later at her Diamond Jubilee.

Commissioned by BBC South East and created by the British artist Helen Marshall, 'The People's Monarch' artwork was unveiled at Pier 2 - which was opened by the Queen in 1958 - to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation.

The 28ft by 14ft piece was created using a montage of photographs of viewers of BBC South East Today and listeners of BBC Radio Kent, Sussex and Surrey. 

'Airports provide a more thrilling location than a gallery or museum and attract a new audience every single day,' commented Ms Marshall. 

'People do not expect to experience this kind of thing when they get off a plane. It is bound to astound them.' ADNFCR-408-ID-801591566-ADNFCR

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