Mosaic is a street art medium of the future

The places where mosaics are renowned are often sacred places of exceptional beauty. Take Saint Sophia and the

Saint Sophia in Istanbul

Blue Mosque in Istanbul,  or the Great Mosques in Damascus and Cordoba

Mosaic from the Great Mosque in Damascus

, St Marks in Venice,

St Marks in Venice

 St Peter’s in Rome, St Paul’s in London.

Mosaic in St Pauls Cathedral London

Mosaics often fill the atrium’s of major institutions: the National Gallery, Parliament; or adorn their gardens like the Natural History Museum, the Alhambra in Granada

Courtyard of the Alhambra Palace, Granada

, or Park Guell.

Park Guell, Barcelona

 Wherever mosaic is made to a high standard it brings a sense of splendour, opulence, magnificence……”I am  not sure if I am in heaven or on earth.”

It is an authentic art form, because it creates the heritage of the future, because of its natural durability, because it takes patience and time to design and make.

The intensive labour to make mosaic means it is very valuable and  expensive.  This has caused it to be limited in both its development as an art form (because there are fewer practitioners) and its use on the street. Gaudi’s work in Barcelona has also given mosaic an aura of grandeur that perhaps has hidden its potential as a miniature, exquisite medium that does not need to cover a whole area, but can also compliment, touch, decorate, highlight, adorn, delight in small ways.

Southbank Mosaics is Britain’s first social enterprise in the construction industry, bridging the gap between building and art, pioneering mosaic as a major street art medium.

Mosaic is a metaphor for London. All the groups, peoples, tribes, clans, creeds, cultures, communities, faiths and freedoms coming together to make a brilliant whole.

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