Tag Archive | mosaics

Commission for Royal Brompton Hospital, London

Whoop whoop – I’ve been selected to create some mosaic artwork for the courtyard at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea.  The courtyard has just had all its plants and greenery removed due to a weight and water issue and they now need replacing with some colourful mosaics.  During June I’ll be working with patients, visitors, parents, staff and anyone else who wants to get stuck in to make something lovely and mosaicy.Royal Brompton Hospital Mosaic Commission

RSPB Mosaics – progress so far

Here’s the first few mosaics for the RSPB signage.  I’m using the double-indirect method so they’re currently just on brown paper.  The hawker (dragonfly to you and me) has been reversed ready for a test cast into a small concrete slab.  Apologies for the awful photos – forgot my camera today so these are from my phone…

Mosaics Oak LeafMosaics Common Blue ButterflyMosaics DipperMosaics Hawker

Hyde Indoor Market artwork unveiled!

Following six months of consultations, workshops, meetings, fabrication and lots of sanding, the Hyde Indoor Market artwork was unveiled on Saturday 6th April.  As I’ve mentioned previously, the artwork consists of 3D letters which spell out the words ‘Hyde Indoor Market’, with each letter representing something different sold within the market.

In terms of fabrication the letters presented a variety of challenges as they all required different processes to complete them – these included mosaics, mould-making and casting, decoupage, illustration, knitting and painting to name but a few.  Detailed images of each letter can be seen here on the Woodend Artists flickr page but I’ve included a select few below.

Letter-O Letter-K Letter-E Letter-D

Hyde Park Community Orchard Mosaics

Toad mosaic

Toad

I’ve only just got round to photographing (and uploading) some of the finished mosaic elements from the Hyde Park Community Orchard public artwork.  The insects, birds and animals shown here are just a few of the mosaics created for the seating, wildlife discovery trail and pathway to the Orchard, all contained within an apple pip shape that formed a connecting element throughout the artwork.

Wasp

mosaic-swift

Swift

mosaic-red-admiral

Red Admiral Butterfly

mosaic-nuthatch

Nuthatch

mosaic-greenfinch

Greenfinch

mosaic-bee

Honey Bee

Mosaic lettering – timelapse

I should have posted this ages ago but have only just worked out how to embed video in to my blog!

This shows the first stage of making the outdoor classroom mosaic floor.  The method being used to create the mosaic is the double-indirect method, whereby the tiles are stuck onto brown paper and then reversed ready for installation.  The fill-in and background colours are added once the detail has been reversed.  To give you an idea of how long the mosaics took to create, the word ‘Merryweather Damson’ which is being created in this time-lapse took about 1 day to complete…

Hyde Park Community Orchard Artwork – installation

Just before the build fortnight on the RHS Tatton show garden, I had 10 days in the rain (plus one dry day) installing artwork in the Hyde Park Community Orchard.  Not ideal weather for installing a mosaic which is mounted on paper but we soldiered on and (almost) got everything finished.

First job was a dry fit of the classroom floor mosaic to check it all fitted together onto the 3m concrete base.  The mosaic was separated into 27 sections, so it took a bit of work to make sure it all went together as it should.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installLaying out the mosaic and cast stone ‘apple pip’ inserts for the Wildlife Discovery Trail sculptures…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationThen the rain started…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationWe got the mosaic wording in on a dry Sunday with the help of Des…

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationBut at one point we had two gazebos and three tarpaulins over the mosaic and they still weren’t enough to keep the rain out.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationRichard Dawson was also installing his oak benches and banquet table at the same time.  These were the holes for the foundations of the banquet table to sit in.  There’s about a foot of water in them here… another couple of hours and they were full.

Hyde Park Community Orchard artwork installationStill smiling… or is that grimacing?

Next Hyde Park Community Orchard post – the finished artwork!