Sleaford mosaic group, MosArt have been hard at work this week, adding their wonderful mosaic panels to a new bench for the town. Situated on Eastgate Green, outside of the National Centre for Craft and Design, the bench which is in the shape of a sycamore leaf, was designed by Carole Smith, member of the Nettles Volunteer Group and MosArt. All the mosaic panels are all inspired by the nature and the landscape seen along the riverside path, including cow parsley, swans and ducks in flight. Local woodworker and furniture maker, Peter Tree has made the wooden seating panels and table top, which will be installed soon, so people can start using and enjoying the bench.
MosArt are a voluntary group of mosaic makers, who first came together following an artsNK led project to create the new mosaic at Sleaford Leisure Centre. This is their second work for a Sleaford seating area, as the group also created a wonderful pebble mosaic in front of a riverside bench on Rauceby Banks, which was completed last year.
Ladey Adey, Chairwoman for MosArt, commented:
“We are looking forward to seeing the finished mosaic on the sculptural bench, it will add to the wonderful mosaic artwork already in the town for the public to see, and in this case to use. It would not have been possible with the support of Sleaford Town Council, Peter Ball (Tiler), Peter Tree and artsNK. MosArt members are delighted to install the mosaics they have worked on for the past 2 years.”
Marion Sander from artsNK added:
“I am so pleased that this project that started with a Nettles design competition many moons ago and which has encountered an array of difficulties and challenges is now finally coming to a deserving end. The members of MosArt have worked really hard on this project. It will provide new inspiring seating for a popular picnic area and I’m sure their work will be enjoyed by everyone, residents as much as visitors.”
The bench was originally commissioned to be placed in The Nettles green space, but before the mosaics were added the piece was vandalised, and when the decision was made to find a safer location Sleaford Town Council stepped in to offer the perfect alternative.
The bench project has been managed by artsNK and funded by artsNK and Sleaford town Council.