MASSIVart, the team who curated the hotel’s artwork during its reopening, has chosen Montreal artist Pony to work on their upcoming Peace Globe. Pony’s mandate is to create a work on the theme of peace using an unfamiliar canvas: a globe. Pony will stay in the iconic John-Lennon and Yoko Ono Suite, drawing inspiration through the images of the 1969 Bed-in, the video and audio archives as well as the couple’s messages for peace on display there. These themes are ones that Pony as a painter and illustrator identifies with strongly, and will be used to create this work in her unique and modern style.
This initiative marks the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Bed-in for Peace, during which the couple and their guests peacefully protested the Vietnam War and composed the international peace anthem ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ Preserving the historic character of their suite was one of the important elements of the hotel’s transformation carried out by its owner, Ivanhoe Cambridge in 2017.
The Peace Globe will be unveiled on September 20th at 10:30 am in the Lobby of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth where a photo exhibit of the Bed-in is on display until October 9th.
Montreal-based artist Gabrielle Laila Tittley – aka PONY – has been rising to the top of the city’s art scene with beautiful collections of prints, clothing and accessories that playfully explore pop culture with a perfect balance of humour, imagination and irony. Her vivid work combines her now trademark puns, bright colours, absurd superimpositions and simple lines to create uniquely optimistic depictions of everything.
Work: Upcoming title
Painting on 18″ diameter globe