A new video work by one of the world’s most celebrated living artists David Hockney will be unveiled across a network of the world’s most iconic outdoor video screens: over 70 billboards in New York’s Times Square, the largest LED screen in Seoul, the Yunika Vision in Japan, and the home of CIRCA — the Piccadilly Lights screen in London.

Entitled “Remember you cannot look at the sun or death for very long”, this new two and a half minute video will be shown every evening throughout the month of May at the following times and locations:

London’s Piccadilly Lights at 20:21 BST
New York’s Times Square at 23:57 EST
Seoul’s Coex K-POP Square LED screen at 20:21KST
Tokyo’s Yunika Vision at 21:00 JST
Los Angeles: Pendry West Hollywood, the largest digital media display on the Sunset Strip at 20:21PST
Online via the CIRCA.ART website at 20:21 BST

In this worldwide display of unity, Hockney’s animated sunrise seeks to offer a symbol of hope and collaboration as the world awakens from its lockdowns. Members of the public across these four cities will be able to see the commonplace advertisements paused and replaced for a spontaneous encounter with Hockney’s meditation on the arrival of spring.

Created on the artist’s iPad in Normandy, France, this global happening coincides with the release of Hockney’s new book Spring Cannot Be Cancelled and his Royal Academy exhibition The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 opening 15 May, 2021.

The CIRCA Calendar for May 2021 will delve into David Hockney’s new series of paintings and iPad drawings he made during his lockdown in Normandy, France. Working from quotes from the artist and research drawn from his recently published book Spring Cannot Be Cancelled (2021), the Calendar will take a closer look at what inspires Hockney’s work, such as the marvellous Bayeux Tapestry, the Apocalypse Tapestry, and the Unicorn Tapestries he recently visited in 2018. Other key influencers to his work such as Marcel Proust, Meindert Hobbema, Oscar Wilde and Vincent Van Gogh amongst other will be given special attention, along with a day dedicated to Hockney’s constant companion Ruby, his dog who watches attentively as the master paints.