Prince Charles has launched a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration that is designed to break records. His organization, The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, has invited all schools in the British Isles to have its students create self-portraits. These will be incorporated into a mosaic-style image of the Queen.
Face Britain project creates Queen Elizabeth’s image from children’s self-portraits
Queen Elizabeth has been in mosaics before. Last year, a cheeky artist created the Queen in jelly beans. But this is a little different. The Prince of Wales wants “Face Britain” to be in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest number of artists working on the same art installation.
That would make it a two-years-in-a-row entry for the British Royals, as Prince William’s and the Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Wedding is listed in the newly-published 2012 Guinness Book of Records. Their wedding was live-streamed on the Internet more times than any other online event.
Face Britain Diamond Jubilee project open to British schoolchildren, Queen wants youth involved
The “Face Britain” art challenge is open to children aged between 4 and 16 years and the finished piece will be projected onto the front of Buckingham Palace. Some of the portraits will also find their way to galleries and will complement art from celebrity patrons of the project, including Sir Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons. There are no rules on which medium can be used and the end result will be preserved in the National Archives.
So far, children have been a large part of the growing excitement of the 2012 festivities — something that’s said to have been requested by Queen Elizabeth herself. Through the decades-old BBC children’s TV show “Blue Peter,” students were asked to create logos for the event. Ten-year-old Katherine Dewar’s image was chosen as the official logo for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Prince Charles and others are hoping that the ambitious art project will create a snapshot of British youth in 2012.
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Source: The Telegraph (logo); The Telegraph (art installation)
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