Kai & Sunny, Shotopop, and Vasava in Johnnie Walker 'Gallery'
The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gallery, currently situated in London's Heathrow Airport, showcases interpretations of the brand's "Ultimate Blend" by Kai & Sunny and Shotopop.
Kai & Sunny's contribution unites Blue Label's rare character with the artists' recognizable line work. "We created a series of symbols – the flowers represent the whiskey's flavor, the sycamore seeds stand in for memory, and the birds speak to the development over a period of time," said Kai Clements. The duo passed along their illustrations to fellow B&A-ers Vasava to be animated.
"The challenge for this piece was to bring to life the abstract Kai & Sunny's abstract world," remarked Enric Godes of Vasava. "The pair reduces natural forms to geometric patterns and we maintained that sort of tension by studying the movement of the flowers and seeds, and flap of the birds."
Shotopop concentrated on the craft behind the whiskey-making process, depicting liquid in a cask as a gleaming diamond. "Our team put together a number of paper sculptures and tactile elements; each is extremely detailed and handmade," Casper Franken noted.
Both Kai & Sunny's and Shotopop's pieces are projected onto three-meter-tall Blue Label bottles, and the 3D installation will remain in Heathrow's Terminal 5 through February before moving to its next destination. Johnnie Walker also released 750 limited-edition Blue Label bottles etched with the London skyline in a rare, gold-liquid imprint, available only at World Duty Free stores, as part of the gallery's opening.