Anish Kapoor’s art, William Shakespeare on new UK passport design

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2015 23:15 IST
The new design includes Anish Kapoor’s works like the Marsyas, Temenos and Orbit. (UK Home Office)

Some of the major works of prominent Mumbai-born British sculptor, Anish Kapoor, will be displayed on a page of the new British passport design that embeds new security features and has ‘Creative United Kingdom’ as its theme, official sources said on Tuesday.

Embedded into each of the visa pages is a three-dimensional watermark of William Shakespeare, and a bright, two dimensional watermark of a writer’s scroll, a quill, and the corresponding page number.

The new passport design celebrates innovation, performance and the work of British artistes over centuries, including prominent visual imagery such as the London Tube map. Prominent individuals featured include Giles Gilbert Scott (architecture) and John Constable (art).

Kapoor’s inspirational works featured on one of the new passport’s pages are ‘Marsyas’, ‘Temenos’, and ‘Orbit’. At 377 feet tall, ‘Orbit’ is Britain’s largest sculpture.

It was created to commemorate the 2010 London Olypmpics.

Home Office minister for Immigration James Brokenshire said: “By using some of the most advanced technology and security measures around, the latest passport design is the most secure that the UK has ever issued”.

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