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The Macallan Unveils a Unique Art Piece in Celebration of Eight Decades with Sir Peter Blake

Today the godfather of pop art, Sir Peter Blake, celebrates his 80th birthday and to mark this special occasion, we would like to introduce you to a limited edition art piece; The Macallan and Sir Peter Blake celebrate eight decades.

Having previously designed the label for the highly collectable Macallan 1926, back in 1986, we have once again teamed up with the legendary artist to bring you a celebration of the last eight decades for both The Macallan and Sir Peter.

Working alongside David Holmes, designer of our earliest advertising campaign and the creative behind our William and Kate Royal Marriage and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bottlings, Sir Peter designed eight labels representing each of his eight decades.  Working with a team of highly skilled specialists – a fine cabinet maker, a typographer, a writer and art director he inspired and chose several artefacts and backdrops for the art piece to create a true celebration of his life and The Macallan Single Malt, a tipple he is quite partial to.

The piece consists of a beautifully crafted oak box that is very simple and elegant from the outside.  Once opened it reveals a colourful display – practically reminiscent of Pandora’s box – divided into eight sections, representing the last eight decades. Each section includes one or more artefacts relevant to the decade and a miniature of The Macallan Single Malt distilled in that decade baring the label designed by Sir Peter.  A small book of illustrations and text about Blake’s life and The Macallan printed on finest Japanese paper neatly slots into the side of the box.

The eight very special whiskies contained in the box offer a journey through the character of The Macallan from the 1930s through to the 2000s.  The journey begins with a number of extremely rare single malts taken from The Macallan’s prestigious Fine & Rare collection through the decades, to a stunning whisky from 2002.  The oldest whisky in the collection is a 1937. The artefacts chosen represent the four elements of water, fire, air and earth as a direct connection to our whisky making process.

The team used their years of experience to create a true work of art and in the process had a little bit of fun coming up with items that were relevant to each decade, relevant to Sir Peter and, of course, of relevance to our whisky.  Each time you look at the box you will discover something new.  We like the little mouse sitting on a cask in the noughties representing the computer age, and the dragon fly native to the River Spey, the home of The Macallan, and the picture in a Macallan bottle that is the first piece of art Sir Peter ever bought.  Check out our film about this project to find out more.

We think it is simply stunning, don’t you? With only 250 boxes for sale, this is set to become a collector’s item. A limited number of boxes can be purchased via The Macallan Shop at an approximate RSP £4,500.

Find out more about our exciting plans to celebrate this momentous occasion over on Facebook and Twitter! Happy 80th birthday Sir Peter Blake, we raise a dram to you!

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