It wasn’t until we had a location agreed that we could start pulling together all the other elements of the project, and to get us to the point we could officially call ourselves a community project and start raising funds. That happened in May 2018, and this website is the final piece of the puzzle, our fundraising has now started and we hope to see the physical result of all our hard work in the ground sometime around 2021.
During this whole period Ruth has been researching, designing and planning the mosaic. Consulting with some of the experts that will be involved in the painstaking installation she has developed a vision which amazes us all.
Available in over 30 heritage colours, the mellow palette and unglazed finish give the tiles a natural and harmonious feel. Their quality, durability and colour retention make them a favourite for professional mosaicists across the world.
The largest part of the mosaic, taking up the centre of the circle, will be a walkable map of central Wells. The map itself will be to scale, and will also be orientated to match reality. Its level of definition is restricted only by the size of each individual mosaic tile, and whilst much of the map will show artistic representations of Wells’ features, some of Wells’ most prominent buildings will be represented in a classical, front-on aspect to make them stand out.
A key feature will be a circle of gothic windows, each of which will contain a particular historical fact about Wells, along with a circle of quatrefoils containing pictorial representations of a variety of items directly linked to Wells, many of which you may have had no idea about! So the mosaic is not only useful as a map, it should also be extremely informative for both locals and visitors.