Searching for Apollo is a 28-panelled altarpiece art installation, set on a bespoke jukebox. It can be enjoyed in closed or open position (with left and right wings opened out to reveal the central panels), and Alistair’s photographs adorn both front and back. This is a piece that needs to be placed away from a wall, as it needs to be enjoyed and appreciated from all sides. As Gary Kemp put it so aptly at the V&A launch event: “There’s no back. It’s a double A-side”.
Subjects include Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Ray Davies, Roger Daltrey, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton. Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood, Nile Rodgers, Nils Lofgren, Paul Weller, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Ronnie Wood, Rod Stewart – and many more. You can see a full list below.
The design is based on the Ghent Altarpiece – a spectacular artwork finished in 1432 and attributed to Jan Van Eyck and his brother Hubert. The fact that the base of the altarpiece contains a powerful four speaker sound system is a contemporary nod and a wink to the music box that was, incredibly, incorporated into the original 15th century Ghent altarpiece, and allows the viewer to listen to the music created by the artists featured.