Photo-mosaic portrait to mark Jubilee

A GIANT photo-mosaic portrait of the Queen – made from 5,500 photographs of local people – is on display in the Towner art gallery.

Viewers of BBC South East Today and listeners of BBC Radios Kent, Sussex and Surrey sent in photographs of themselves, friends and relatives for a unique portrait of the Queen for an artwork commissioned by BBC South East to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

Thousands submitted family portraits, photos of their ancestors, snaps of important occasions in their lives and of times that made them laugh.

Many also used the opportunity to remember loved ones, sharing precious memories.

The final portrait is 38 square metres, the size of a double decker bus.

The final image chosen for our portrait celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne, using an early image of the Queen shortly before her Coronation set against a more contemporary portrait.

Helen Marshall, the artist leading the project, is an expert at creating large scale photo-mosaics.

She has a reputation for working alongside communities to build socially significant works of art.

PollyTiles, are computer design experts who produced the 16 huge panels which slot together to create our giant portrait.

The People’s Monarch is on show at the Towner until June 10, before it moves to the Turner Contemporary on June 16-17.