Spencer Hart founder makes art out of whisky barrels in new exhibition

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Whisky makers Glenfiddich have laid down the gauntlet to four world-renowned designers, challenging them to create art using whisky barrels for an exhibition. The four designers are Spencer Hart founder Nick Hart, Creator of classic album artwork Storm Thorgerson, Penguin books designer David Pearson and iconoclastic design duo Timorous Beasties.

To make the challenge even more interesting, each designer has picked a year from which they will collect all of their influences. Nick Hart chose 1977, stating that he is basing his inspiration around Talking Heads as they were ‘so iconic at the time’. Storm Thorgerson, David Person and Timorous Beasties chose 1986, 1989 and 1992 respectively. Thorgerson, creator of artwork for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd & Muse among others, said that he got involved in the project because ‘it’s very different to what I’ve done before – the use of Glenfiddich barrels as the canvas and the theme of the year of origin and distillation process intrigued me. The history behind the Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky and the barrels themselves is inspiring.’

The barrels will be available to view at the Air Gallery, London from the 15th to the 20th of October. Entry is free and it’ll be open from 11am to 5pm daily. If you can’t make those dates, the barrels will be touring – you read that right, barrels can go on tour – Hotel Du Vin and Malaison hotels from October to December. Details of the exhibition are below:

Entry: FREE

Date: 15th – 20 th October 2007

Time: 11am – 5pm daily

Venue: Lower Gallery, The Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NE [ MAP]