Claire Luxton, Intercontinental 75th anniversary, 2021, London, UK.

Pioneer in luxury travel, InterContinental, unveils immersive art installation celebrating 75 years of exploring the world in partnership with artist Claire Luxton. ‘The Elegance of Worldliness’ at InterContinental London Park Lane is a commemorative reflection on the brand’s rich heritage and iconic hotels globally.

A contemporary multi-disciplinary artist, working with photography, installation, poetry and painting, Claire Luxton’s visionary work will transform the façade of the iconic InterContinental London Park Lane with large-scale physical and digital artworks paying homage to the brand’s global journey from the first, to now the world’s largest, luxury hotel brand. The art installation can be experienced for the entire month from 8th December 2021.

‘The Elegance of Worldliness’ is expressed through a variety of motifs representing some of the destinations where the InterContinental brand has established a presence in its 75-year history. Portrayed through Luxton’s signature flora and fauna; birds, butterflies, and botanicals, native to distinct parts of the world, are woven into natural, intertwining greenery, reflecting a sense of discovery and exploration, and embodying the desire and curiosity of the global traveller.

Motifs include a large South American parrot, the blue and yellow macaw, representing Brazil where the first InterContinental hotel opened in Belem, and a North American corn lily plant, also known as Indian basket grass, which pays tribute to InterContinental The Willard in Washington, D.C. where Martin Luther King Jnr. famously made the final touches to his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. The installation’s Bird-of-Paradise flower, named after Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom, highlights the royal significance of InterContinental London Park Lane, the location (formerly 145 Piccadilly) where Queen Elizabeth spent much of her childhood.


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