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August 6, 2019

InterContinental Celebrates 200 Hotels with Champagne Art

By Samantha Coles

To commemorate InterContinental Hotel’s 200th opening (you can read about the Shanghai Wonderland here), an installation by mixed-media artist Alexander Hall (also known as Haut de Gamme) has been displayed in select hotels throughout the world.

The installation is comprised of 200 hand-painted champagne bottles — fitting for the momentous celebration. Every hanging bottle is unique and inspired by one of the 200 hotels; each one captures the character, history and individuality of its location.

The InterContinental New York Barclay bottle depicts a birdcage, as it was the first hotel to have one in its lobby. It was filled with canaries and other songbirds, and guests could house their own birds in the 14-ft cage.

While the whimsical, fun installation was commissioned exclusively for InterContinental, you can still bring a little champagne-inspired art into your home. Haut de Gamme’s vibrant, punky prints are daring and chic — his signature style is Pop Art-esque bright colors, dripping paint and gold leaf. A limited-edition series features a number of original prints with Dom Pérignon-style bottles reimagined in Technicolor glory.

As Hall explains: “My inspiration for this painting stems from experiences with people, which made me want to create something that made others feel positive. From the response of my other works, I wanted to create this piece with softer pastel colors to reflect my emotions of excitement building up. It’s one of my favorite pieces because I remember holding myself back from overworking it (which is very easy to do!). I had fun doing it, and I think it shows.”

From $11,015, hautdegamme.com

Images: ©HautedeGamme

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