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Public art for new development

Work has begun on a colourful mosaic which will form part of the entrance to Marriotts Walk, Witney's new major cinema, leisure and retail complex.

The mosaic captures key points in West Oxfordshire's local history and is one of two pieces of public art which the District Council has secured thanks to funding from the Simons Group.

Specialist mosaic artist, Rob Turner, was selected and commissioned. He is a well-known and experienced artist having made over 370 mosaics for public spaces. His work can be seen all over the UK.

The mosaic is constructed in the studio. The final paper drawing is turned over and the tiles attached to the paper - resulting in the image being reversed. Having divided the mosaic into 32 carefully marked sections Rob began to lay it into the floor - piece by piece - on Monday 14th September, and will take approximately 2 weeks to complete the installation.

Rob spent time researching the area, talking to local people, before he started making sketches on paper. Talking about his work, he said, “I passionately believe in creating artworks that engage, excite and stimulate people, utilising, where possible, objects and materials sourced locally.”

Cllr Warwick Robinson, Cabinet Member at West Oxfordshire District Council said, “This is colourful, fascinating mosaic will be of great interest to many people as it captures the essence of our district’s commercial heritage. I'm pleased it is being installed at the entrance to Marriotts Walk as this will be a busy pedestrian route, so everyone will be able to see and enjoy it.”

Alex Blakelock from the Simons Group said, “The plans for the artwork look fantastic and we can't wait to see the finished piece in place. The Marriotts Walk development is a great addition to Witney, but its personal, intricate touches like this that acknowledge the town’s history and make us very pleased to be funding them.”

Representatives from Witney Town Council and West Oxfordshire District Council have worked together with the developers to ensure that these works really reflect the local area and complement the development.

Posted : 18/09/2009 17:42:47

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