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Pop Sm-Art meters: Sir Peter Blake to herald the arrival of 53 million new smart meters in art

10 October 2016

Legendary British artist Sir Peter Blake has today announced that he will be taking on one of his most unusual subjects to date, gas and electricity meters. He will create a unique work of art to mark the coming of smart meters to every home in Great Britain. 

The ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’, famous for work including The Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sleeve design, will exhibit the artwork later this year. The ‘Pop Sm-Art’ art exhibition will herald the coming of smart meters, which will be installed in every Great British household by 2020.

Sir Peter is the latest British cultural figure to take inspiration from one of the biggest infrastructural changes in modern times. Earlier in the year (May 2016) Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy published ‘Meters’, a poem that marked the digital switchover from analogue to smart meters. Late last year (November 2015) the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed ‘A Requiem for Meters’, a three-minute piece of music played entirely on instruments made from old gas and electricity meters. The Requiem was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released for free on Spotify. 

Sir Peter’s piece of original art will feature the new smart meter in-home displays, which are provided with smart meters, and show households exactly how much gas and electricity they are using in pounds and pence.

Sir Peter Blake comments: “Pop art has always been designed for a mass audience so is the perfect medium to capture the significance of smart meters and their arrival in homes across Britain. I am looking forward to getting started and producing a piece of work that serves to record such a big historical and cultural change.”

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, comments: “It is fantastic that one of our greatest living artists is going to produce a work of art that will visually capture the new smart meter in-home displays which are quickly becoming a fixture of our everyday lives. Over 50 million smart meters will be installed in Great British households by 2020 showing consumers exactly how much energy they are using.” 

More than four million smart meters have already been installed across Great Britain. Smart meters bring an end to estimated bills and mean you can see, in pounds and pence, exactly how much gas and electricity you are using.

Eight in ten people with smart meters would recommend one and the same proportion say they have taken steps to save energy, such as turning off lights, turning their heating down or changing the way household appliances are used.

For more information on smart meters and the national smart meter rollout visit smartenergygb.org.

 

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Sir Peter Blake in his studio with in-home displays
Sir Peter Blake looking at in-home display
 
Sir Peter Blake in his studio surrounded by in-home displays - wide shot
Sir Peter Blake holding in-home display
 
 

 

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For more information and interview requests, please contact the Smart Energy GB press office at Shine Communications on 020 7100 7100 / 07736 473 462 or [email protected]. 


Notes To Editors

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign has already begun and will reach all households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. See here for more information.  

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters will replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They will provide consumers with accurate bills, near real time information on energy usage in pounds and pence, and greater control over their gas and electricity. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure. Between now and 2020, everyone across England, Scotland and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier at no extra cost. More than 4 million smart meters have already been installed across Great Britain. To find out how you can get a smart meter from your energy supplier, pick up a leaflet from your local Post Office® branch or visit this page.