Rolf Harris recreates the

Mona Lisa

28 August 2005

2004 - London

In 2004, Rolf Harris and a team of artists recreated Constable's The Haywain on a giant canvas at Trafalgar Square, London

2005 - Edinburgh

On 28 August 2005, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rolf Harris brought together 120 artists at The Mound, Edinburgh, beside the National Galleries of Scotland, to recreate Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa on a  9-metres x 6-metre canvas.

The event was organised by Edinburgh Council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the BBC who will show the program live to launch a new series of art programs by Rolf Harris, featuring the Great Masters.

 

Edinburgh Evening News   -  9 June 2005, p3.

Update

Rolf Harris at The Mound, Edinburgh  -  Recreating the Mona Lisa  -  28 August 2005

The event took place as scheduled, some sections of the Mona Lisa painting being painted beside the National Galleries at the foot of the Mound, other sections in the basement of the National Galleries, others at Edinburgh Castle and in Italy. 

This photograph above of Rolf, and others of him in his bright purple jacket and tie, were taken during the TV Broadcast between 7.30 and 8.30pm. on the Sunday evening, 28 August.

The photographs below of Rolf in casual clothes were taken earlier in the day.

Rolf Harris at The Mound, Edinburgh  -  Recreating the Mona Lisa  -  28 August 2005       Rolf Harris at The Mound, Edinburgh  -  Recreating the Mona Lisa  -  28 August 2005

Those from Italy missed the flight connection at Paris, so had to be transmitted electronically to Edinburgh Airport, where they were printed and flown by helicopter to Calton Hill Edinburgh. They reached their destination at the Mound, beside the National Galleries, a couple of minutes before the deadline of 8.30pm when the BBC TV live program ended.

High winds prevented the finished result being displayed on a large gantry erected beside Princes Street, so the sections of the picture were fitted into its frame on the ground.  Daylight was fading as the final pieces were fitted into the painting.

Recreating the Mona Lisa by Rolf Harris and his teamRolf Harris's team at The Mound, Edinburgh  -  28 August 2005

 

 

 

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