We are so excited that the Queens Hotel has been working with talented artist, Pete Codling.
Pete has been responsible for some amazing sculpture and public artwork in the city. He designed the Treadgold Fish which is on the seafront, but his latest project Crowd is a truly epic undertaking.
Pete is painstakingly creating a portrait of the city on a set of sails. The sails are the same size as those from HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.
When our Managing Director, Farid Yeganeh saw this project, he was keen for the Queens Hotel to show its support.
Pete explained: “The idea is to make a set of life size sail drawings, the same size as those from the HMS Victory or Mary Rose. I will cover them in portraits of people with a connection to the Dockyard, be it naval, military, dockyard worker or community connection to the city and its history. It is a massive and ambitious project. There is as much art in getting it funded and made as there is creating the drawings.”
Farid sat for Pete as he drew his portrait. The pair put the world to rights over several hours of conversation and drawing!
“I really admire what Pete is doing. This is a fantastic undertaking that Pete has embarked upon and I really can’t wait to see the finished artwork.
“The Queens Hotel is such an important part of the city of Portsmouth. I am proud to be one of the custodians who is ensuring she can remain a place where people love to gather to dine, celebrate, do business and enjoy the company of friends and family,” he said.
You can follow the progress of Pete Codling’s artwork here and visits can be arranged by calling 07503105655.
25th July 2022