A spectacular mosaic art installation created from more than 1,000 images by schoolchildren has been unveiled at the UK’s largest laboratory – AstraZeneca’s Discovery Centre in Cambridge.

Years in the making, the artwork depicts the £1bn R&D building from the air and stretches across 26 square metres.

Artist Helen Marshall, founder of the People’s Picture, was commissioned by AstraZeneca to create the work.

She told the Cambridge Independent at the launch: “I’m really pleased with it. We started about two and a half years ago. I was matched as a suitable artist with AstraZeneca because they wanted to create a solitary artwork that pulled together all the children’s artwork that was being created as part of their STEM community programme.

“I’ve been collecting and processing thousands of images by contributors and the public for years and creating art – photo mosaics – out of them.

“The biggest challenge of all was what image was it going to be. We explored many images, with different viewpoints, but I felt strongly that the building would be the final image.

“It is an iconic building. The images taken from the air by drone are spectacular. But no one can see the building from above when they enter it.

“I’m always looking for an iconic image. It couldn’t be a face – it would be too personal. Equally, something like a scientific symbol could date.

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