What could have been a damp squib turned into a very successful event for the Wells in Mosaic project.
People who were longing to see the Mosaic for the first time, and long-time supporters of the project, came out on a rainy Sunday afternoon and were rewarded for their hardiness. The latest six meter wide ‘slice’ of the amazing artwork depicts the Bishops Palace and the Cathedral, which Ruth, the mosaic artist and designer, said had been “the most difficult piece yet.”
“Getting the perspective and proportions of the Cathedral building right was very tricky, but I am pleased with the result and it was a great opportunity to be able to show the mosaic to so many enthusiastic supporters. I am very grateful to everyone for braving the weather to come along.”
In the garden of Ruth’s studio in Wells, the WiM support team provided copious amounts of tea and cake, and together with plant and gift stalls, and were able to raise funds to keep the project on track.
The final artwork will be a six-meter diameter walkable map of the centre of the city, encircled by gothic windows and quatrefoils telling the story of Wells from past to present.
A spokesperson for the project said: “The support we have had from individuals and businesses has been amazing, but it is a very expensive undertaking and we still need to raise finds for its completion – right up to the installation which requires a very specialist professional.
“There are still elements of the mosaic which can be sponsored and the beautiful blue lias stones, which will surround the mosaic, can be engraved as a lasting legacy of your support.”