Renowned artist David Hockney has revealed his latest masterpiece, “Bigger Christmas Trees,” transforming London’s Battersea Power Station into a festive spectacle in collaboration with Apple.
The iconic landmark, now home to Apple’s U.K. headquarters, will showcase this captivating animation on its north facade’s two wash towers from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily until Christmas Day.
Breathtaking Animation by Hockney
Drawn on an iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil, Hockney’s 10-minute animation breathes life into the historic chimneys, standing tall at 100 metres, overlooking the River Thames. The dynamic display promises to captivate passersby and evoke joy throughout the holiday season.
Expressing his inspiration, Hockney remarked, “Battersea Power Station is such a beautiful building, I wanted to decorate it in a way that I hoped would bring joy and hope to Londoners.”
This collaboration between the celebrated artist and Apple marks a continuation of the station’s 90-year legacy as a muse for artists.
Simon Murphy, CEO at Battersea Power Station Development Company, shared his excitement about the partnership, stating, “David is one of the world’s most important and influential artists, and we couldn’t be more excited to see his latest creation lighting up Battersea Power Station.”
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, expressed Apple’s privilege in having Hockney choose the iPad for his work. He noted, “It is a privilege for us that he chose iPad for his work, and to create this beautiful Christmas gift for the people of London.”
A Legacy of Artistic Collaboration
David Hockney’s affiliation with Apple spans over 15 years, starting with the iPhone in 2007 and subsequently incorporating the iPad into his artistic process. The iPad has played a pivotal role in various projects, including a glass window at Westminster Abbey and several exhibitions.
Notably, during the pandemic, Hockney’s creative spirit flourished as he produced uplifting works celebrating the natural world, such as “220 for 2020” and the expansive “A Year in Normandie” scrollwork.
This collaboration not only brings art to the public but also highlights Apple’s commitment to the U.K. The tech giant, which recently inaugurated its new U.K. headquarters and a flagship store at Battersea Power Station, now supports over 550,000 jobs in the country.
The six-story, 500,000-square-foot headquarters operates entirely on renewable energy, embodying Apple’s values of collaboration, inclusivity, wellness, and sustainability.
Conclusion: A Festive Gift to Londoners
This collaboration not only illuminates the iconic landmark but also symbolizes the harmonious intersection of art, technology, and the festive spirit, creating a moment for all to cherish throughout December.