British artist, designer and pro-skater Blondey McCoy has created three hand-painted murals
in the Flatiron and SoHo districts of Manhattan, designed exclusively for Burberry.
The murals mark the first time Blondey’s work will be showcased
in New York and include his largest artwork to date.
The three murals are inspired by the dichotomy of modern life and the traditions
of the holiday season and feature Blondey’s signature mix of eclectic imagery and
striking motifs alongside references to Burberry and British culture.
This collaboration marks the evolution of the relationship between Burberry and Blondey, who
most recently appeared in a portfolio of images for the brand captured by British photographer
Alasdair McLellan. In September 2017, Blondey created an artwork for Burberry on the largest
paintable wall in London, situated near the brand’s show venue in Clerkenwell.
Spanning over 80ft, the mural tells the story of
a British Christmas Eve party. Beginning with the
chime of the clock at midnight signalling the start
of Christmas, the mural cascades down the wall with
traditional holiday references including mistletoe,
holly and Champagne, ending with children tucked
up in a bed fashioned from a Burberry Vintage
check scarf and presents waiting to be unwrapped.
SoHo, Lafayette Street
The 17ft mural illustrates the importance of
family during the holiday season, portraying
three figures exchanging gifts alongside a personal
photograph of Blondey’s family. Another at the same location features two hands meeting, the 15ft mural
symbolises the act of gifting and exchange. All three murals will be up until the end
of December 2017
‘Blondey is an extraordinary talent and I am blown away
by the incredible artworks he has created for us in New York.
The passion, energy and skill that go into everything he does
are remarkable and his approach to design, from inception
to the techniques he uses to bring them to life, transcends
his years…He truly is one in a million, and I am so proud
to be collaborating with him on this very special project.’
— Christopher Bailey
‘Christopher and I have kept in constant contact since our
first mural in Clerkenwell, whose short but sweet lifespan
only made it more pressing that we work together again.
We decided to do three more, centred around the holiday
season in New York, which is quite fitting as my favourite
Christmas song is “Fairytale of New York”. Over the last
couple of years I have been collecting antiques and objects,
some more sentimental than others, and incorporating
these into my works. These new murals are a composition,
a curation of some of these objects that sit aside references
to Burberry and British culture.’
— Blondey McCoy
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