Brummagem: Lost City Found: Parkside Gallery, BCU (Birmingham City University). September 18 to October 27 (extended to November 4), 2017.
Smallbrook Queensway Mosaic
Soon to be demolished Ringway Centre or Smallbrook Queensway was designed by James Roberts in 1962 as the first part of Birmingham’s inner ring road scheme.
Whist famed for its architectural long sweeping curve and brutalist detailing it was a mosaic that embraces the entrance of the current shop Fair Deal Music, which extends over 3 retail units, that interested me.
Smallbrook Queensway Mosaic, 2017 is an interpretation of a small section of this mosaic. The significant difference being that I chose to make the tiles circles, the original being small squares. A variety of papers, that come from across the globe, were used to replicate colours and the ageing qualities of the tiles and the cement mortar.
The base uses a traditional Nepalese mountain paper made from lokta bark fibre: Mountain Paper-Lokta, 30gsm, 50 x 75cm.
Some of the tiles and the cement mortar use a handmade Ramie paper made and purchased in India at Nirupama, Nirupama Academy of Handmade Paper.
Medium: Paper and Card. Dimensions: H:645mm W:906mm.