Anyone who follows our daily life on Instagram may have noticed something other-worldly in the making.. something that we were being tight lipped about. Ascot Racecourse has now unveiled the one-of-a-kind piece of art in the form of.. you guessed it.. a globe!
Adorned with 30 hand painted illustrations telling the tale of Royal Ascot’s long-standing traditions and rich heritage.
The globe, titled ‘A World Like Nowhere Else’, was unveiled today at The Goring Hotel in London – next it will be embarking on a journey around the capital and the South of England for members of the public to see.
Afterwards, it will take centre-stage at the racecourse for Royal Ascot from Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24th June.
We were tasked with bringing to life Royal Ascot’s unparalleled offering in the form of an illustrated globe. One of the most anticipated events in the British summer sporting and social calendar, the five days of world-class racing, excitement, pageantry, fashion and style forms the inspiration for the illustrations, each of which have been hand-painted.
The Royal Procession, Ascot’s iconic Greencoats, the finest thoroughbreds running through waves, a statue of Yeats, a fleet of helicopters, well-dressed ladies, a Champagne waterfall, a floating cake stand representing Afternoon Tea and the famous Bandstand are just some of the highlights, that together tell the story of everything that Royal Ascot represents.
Juliet Slot, Commercial Director, Ascot Racecourse says, “Our ‘World Like Nowhere Else’ globe celebrates the rich offering that has and continues to evolve at Royal Ascot for hundreds of years, bringing relevance and vibrancy to an art form that has been passed through generations.
“Our customers have told us that when they come to Royal Ascot they take a moment out of the everyday and step into another world. Our aim is to capture this sentiment and bring to life the intricacies of what the world of Royal Ascot is in the form of the globe.”
The making of the globe took just under three months to complete. The illustrations were created, and then Bellerby & Co. used their knowledge to shape the artwork so it could be mapped on to a sphere.
Our cartographer then worked with the globemaker, Peter Bellerby, to test that everything was laid correctly on gores, before printing out copies which were then cut by hand, painted and applied to the sphere. Once this process was completed the painters spent a further two weeks colouring the illustrations to match Ascots requirements.
The globe really was a team effort, passing through the hands of two globe-makers, two separate painters, two wood workers, and a cartographer.
The design of the base was inspired by a traditional Philips globe from the early twentieth century, hand-turned and polished in London from cherry wood. The brass arm was made to order and hewn from a solid piece of brass before being hand polished.
Peter Bellerby says, “I was thrilled to be asked to work with Ascot creating the ‘World Like Nowhere Else’ globe.
“I spent the early part of my childhood in Buckinghamshire and I learnt to ride very early, so it was particularly fitting.
“In eight years of globemaking, this is the first time a client has put their own world on to a globe, which excited me and the team. I hope it will capture the imagination of the British public in the same way that it did for us.”
After two weeks at The Goring, the globe will embark on a tour around London and the South-East. Its various stops include the historic British auction house Christie’s to coincide with a Sporting & Wildlife art sale, an appearance at Bond Street department-store Fenwick, an appearance at The Ritz Hotel in Mayfair to celebrate the launch of the Royal Ascot Style Guide, an appearance at Raymond Blanc’s world-famous hotel-restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and a fortnight at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
Further venues and all dates will be announced over the coming weeks at ascot.co.uk
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