By Maev Kennedy
Artist who once turned down knighthood will design 6-metre stained-glass piece for longest-serving British monarch
At the age of 79, the artist David Hockney is tackling a new medium and a new venue: a towering stained-glass window for Westminster Abbey to mark the reign of the Queen, the longest-serving monarch in British history.
Hockney is promising “a landscape full of blossom that's a celebration every year”. His design will fill half of one of the few remaining plain-glass windows in the north transept of the abbey – a space 1.8 metres (6ft) wide and 6 metres (20ft) high. It is likely the design will relate to his recent work, some of his best loved, monumental paintings of trees in his native Yorkshire.