Leading luxury hotel brand InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has partnered with London-based contemporary artist Alexander Hall, also known under the alias Haut de Gamme©, to create a stunning art installation, commemorating 200 properties around the world.
The art installation is made from 200 champagne bottles individually hand-painted by Alexander Hall in his bright and energetic drip-style. The artwork on each bottle is unique with the design of each one inspired by the InterContinental brand's 200 hotels, including the upcoming opening of InterContinental® Shanghai Wonderland. Other properties of note include InterContinental© New York Barclay which Hall gained inspiration from a bird cage in the lobby. The stately InterContinental© Carlton Cannes, inspired a bottle that depicts all of the famous people that have walked through the property's doors, while a node to InterContinental© Kansas City at The Plaza has a large sunflower on the bottle.
The installation by Alexander Hall will be displayed for a limited time at a number of InterContinental hotels around the world over the course of the next few months. In addition, the artist will also be creating a bespoke Haut de Gamme painting to commemorate the milestone, with a number of limited edition prints.
Alexander Hall says: "When I first started painting champagne bottles I just wanted it to make people feel something positive. Champagne for me means happiness, joy, celebration and the idea of bringing people together. That's why I decided to paint on champagne bottles to celebrate the 200 InterContinental hotels. I wanted the bottles to reflect each InterContinental hotel's unique personality, design and location, as well as the legacy and pioneering spirit of the founder, Juan Trippe. It's been an honour to be asked to do this project and I hope that when I'm 80, I will be asked to celebrate 400 InterContinental hotels around the world."
Ginger Taggart, Vice President Global Marketing - Luxury Portfolio at InterContinental Hotels Group, commented, "having 200 InterContinental hotels and resorts in stunning, luxury destinations around the world is a milestone for the brand, and what better way to celebrate than with a drink synonymous with celebration. Each of these bottles is as unique as each of our luxury hotels and, with all 200 together, they form a stunning piece of art. Much like art, great luxury hospitality is part science, part experience and part natural flair. We look forward to the InterContinental brand continuing to be a pioneer for luxury travel for many more years to come."
The upcoming InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland is located in a former quarry in southwestern Shanghai. The 18-storey architectural masterpiece has two floors above ground, and 16 below, including two floors underwater. In contrast to the traditional architectural concept of building high-rises, InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland adopts an unconventional design of extending space beneath ground by truly reflecting the natural landscape of the quarry. Other recent openings for the brand include InterContinental® San Diego, a vibrant addition to the city's waterfront, InterContinental® Sofia, which marked the brand's debut in Bulgaria, and InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, on a stretch of idyllic beach on the Vietnamese island.
Founded in 1946 by aviation pioneer, Juan Trippe, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is today the world's largest luxury hotel brand. The brand has a history of pioneering luxury travel - by the end of the 1960s, the brand had debuted in Europe and Asia, reaching almost all four corners of the globe. From 1946 to 1970, Juan Trippe opened more than 60 hotels in 50 countries - at a time when the fastest transcontinental communication device was the telephone and the telegram.
The first InterContinental hotel opened in Belem, Brazil in 1949. Today Brazil is home to InterContinental© Sao Paulo. In the 1970s, the first InterContinental hotel opened in the USA - InterContinental© Mark Hopkins San Francisco. The original building was completed in 1878 by Mark Hopkins, who created it as a dream home for his wife. It continued to have a long standing history born out of love - it was the favoured place for servicemen and their sweethearts to meet before being deployed to fight in World War 11. Today, the brand has a number of iconic properties, including InterContinental© Carlton Cannes.
With a family of 17 hotel brands and IHG Rewards, one of the world's largest hotel loyalty programmes, IHG has over 6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and a further 1,800 in the development pipeline.
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