The Hospital Mosaic Project was launched last Thursday – unveiled by internationally renowned mosaic artist, Martin Cheek (photo left) and Philip Holmes (photo right) to reveal a wall of over 100 mosaics by artists from all around the world (including yours truly). Everyone gasped – and rightly so.
|My mosaic is bottom row, second in from the left|
|Me and my ‘Circles’!|
To top the launch of this awesome piece of public art was the heart behind it. Mosaic Artist, Karla Duterloo, invited all contributing artists to learn about (and donate to) the work of the Esther Benjamin Trust. At the launch, founder, Philip Holmes, spoke of the work they do with the forgotten children of Nepal (“last week we rescued 9 children from slavery in the Indian circus trade“) and how the work started as a tribute to his loving wife, Esther Benjamin, who took her own life due to the pain of childlessness. The charity has created a career path in mosaic-making for many of the rescued young people, giving them hope and a future. It was deeply moving listening to Philip describe in detail the work they do with such passion. Please do visit their website – they are about to launch the US arm of their charity.
|From left: two hospital officials, Martin Cheek, Karla Duterloo, local Mayors, Philip Holmes|
Both these wonderful initiatives are a clear example of art bringing life don’t you think? And, if you are a regular reader here, ou will know that I deeply connect to anything that transforms bad stuff to good…
If you want to see each mosaic in detail, you can order a copy of the book from blurb here. If you want to see the real thing (photos never do mosaics justice) you can go and see it at the Central Middlesex Hospital, Transport Lounge, Acton Lane, London NW10 7NS. The nearest tubes are Harlesden and North Acton. Well worth a visit!