The artist Damien Hirst has designed an exclusive artwork for the Evening Standard to celebrate mark the launch of the London 2012 Festival.
Hirst created one of his butterfly artworks for the paper, which the Standards said also celebrates his first retrospective at Tate Modern, one of the centerpieces of the arts festival.
The work is called ‘Seer’ and ‘is made with butterflies and household gloss on canvas and is printed in a specially chosen blue for the Evening Standard, creating a beautiful, stained-glass window luminosity”.
The Standard is also running a nine-page special on the London 2012 Festival in the arts section. The conventional cover appears on page 3.
Editor Sarah Sands said: ‘We’re really excited to be printing this exclusive cover for our readers. It’s great to be part of the celebrations for the London 2012 Festival and look forward to twelve weeks of arts in the capital.”