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Mosaic Art: A VISIT TO THE CITY OF FOG
With the last lashings of warm weather behind us, it’s finally time to embrace the phenomenon of fall foliage!
As temperatures constantly drop and with winter approaching, we all start looking for ways to give a final fond farewell to summer’s warmth!
For me it seems as though everything will fall into place in autumn as nature exhibits its flushed hues, changing itself into a living canvas loaded with energetic hues, accents, and surfaces.
Harvest time is a second spring when each leaf turns into a blossom! Striking and energetic hues reprise the end of summer eves, where individuals start seeing the wonderful renaissance of nature!
Today’s article is dedicated to the city of fogs and dreams “London”, straining the last beams of the year and contemplating some of its most beautiful mosaic art!
London is indeed a dream of every wanderer to explore, and Autumn is the time to make the most out of your first visit. The theaters, concert halls, museums and art galleries have already reported their Autumn/Winter season, and it’s promised to be another terrific year!
This city is also considered to be one of the world’s most imperative centers of contemporary art and design. Since it’s also home to dozens of the city’s most celebrated mosaic artists!
London is a city that has witnessed various mosaic discoveries but it is also filled with modern mosaic artworks, let’s have a look at the most striking examples:
Leytonstone Tube Station: Alfred Hitchcock Mosaics
Even the subway stations in London collect numerous mosaic murals. In Leytonstone, the Greenwich Mural Workshop made a series of mosaics commemorate Alfred Hitchcock, a director born in the area. 17 mosaics were installed in 2001 at the entrance of the tube station of Leytonstone using around 80,000 glass mosaic art tiles. One of the pieces was of Cary Grant from the movie Hitchcock running away from a plane, it is called the North by Northwest mosaic.
The Paolozzi Mosaic Project Of Tottenham Court Road
Designed by Eduardo Paolozzi, Tottenham Court Road station is so far brimming with eccentric mosaics inspired by everyday city life and areas close to the station. In my opinion, this fall season would be a great opportunity to step into the Tottenham Court station to witness the marvelous installations before the swaps. Since a key part of Paolozzi’s comprehensive mosaics were demolished earlier this year. For that reason, some mosaics will soon be moved to join the Paolozzi mosaic art collection at the Edinburgh College of Art, where Paolozzi studied in 1943.
Southbank Mosaics Enterprise
Southbank is another region of London full of mosaic art. They created over 300 public realm installations in central London, which you can visit following the Southbank Mosaics Walk. Major projects have included the regeneration at St. John’s Garden, Blake’s Lambeth (2008-2013) and Queenhithe Timeline Mosaic (2014)
Isn’t London the perfect city for an arty-foggy autumn? Filled with contemporary and modern art, therefore we call it the City of Fogs and Dreams!
Photos Credits: British Association for Modern Mosaic
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