Lost mosaic returns from rubble at housing development
Artist: 'I have had people in their 20s who remember doing the mosaic when they were aged nine or 10'
10 November, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
Jim Anderson and the new version of the mural
A MOSAIC that graced a community centre wall for more than a decade before a date with a wrecking ball has risen from the rubble.
The artwork on the former Fleet Community Centre has been reinstated by developers who built an estate of 72 new homes on the site in Lawn Road, Gospel Oak. Fairview were required to act due to the popularity of the mosaic created by artist Jim Anderson with the help of children from the neighbourhood in 2000. It was made from recycled tiles.
Mr Anderson said: “The idea was to provide holiday art projects, so I created this for the Fleet Community Centre. When we started, many more children from the houses nearby joined in. I also like the fact that public art like this is owned by both nobody and everybody – and is seen by thousands of people.”
Builders were unable to save the original piece, which was attached to the wall of the next door launderette, so Mr Anderson started again from scratch. And as he has worked on the replica, he has been approached by many who helped him back the first time round.
He said: “I have had people in their 20s who remember doing the mosaic when they were aged nine or 10 – and it is very touching so many people wanted it back again.”
The original mural which was at the Fleet Community Centre
He added that the new site for the mosaic, on a wall of part of the development owned by a housing association, was a better spot for the work. He said: “I was concerned it would be in a private courtyard but instead it is in a place it can be seen by all, and where the light is much better.”