INTERNATIONAL rapper Jay Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral as the location for the global launch of his new album artwork.
The cover design for the star’s latest album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail, has gone on display in the cathedral’s Chapter House today and will remain on display throughout July.
The cathedral is home to one of four surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, which inspired Jay Z’s album with its famous words “To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay, right or justice”.
Dean of Salisbury the Very Revd June Osborne said: “We are delighted that Jay Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork.
“We know how important the Magna Carta, and all it represents, is to people across the globe. The ideals it embodies are still relevant today.
“Jay Z, through his album, is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience in the run up to its 800th anniversary in 2015. We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork in the Chapter House alongside our Magna Carta.”
The artwork will be on display to the public from 9.30am to .30pm Monday to Saturday and 12.45pm to 3.45pm on Sundays.
Magna Carta Holy Grail is available for pre-order tomorrow and general release on Monday.