Sir Peter Blake's latest artwork 'inspired by smart meters'


British pop artist Sir Peter Blake is following in the footsteps of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy by using gas and electricity meters as inspiration for a new artwork.

Sir Peter's artwork is being created to represent the introduction of smart meters, which will be installed in every household in the UK by 2020 due to a national rollout by the Government.

The artist, who is best known for co-designing the sleeve of The Beatles' album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, said his new work will be part of a "big historical and cultural change".

Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake (Mikael Buck/Smart Energy GB /PA Images)

Sir Peter said: "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."

His project follows the release in May of Duffy's poem Meters. Duffy's piece was written to cover the digital switchover from analogue to smart meters.

In November last year, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed a three-minute piece of music entitled A Requiem For Meters, using instruments made from old gas and electricity meters.

Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake (Mikael Buck/Smart Energy GB /PA Images)

Sir Peter's original artwork will be unveiled later this year at the Pop Sm-Art exhibition and will feature new smart meter in-home displays that show households how much energy they are using, and how much they have spent on energy that day.

Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Smart Energy GB, said: "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 Britain.