Mosaic making in Thrapston
It was a year in the planning, fund raising and making but the Thrapston Mosaic is now complete. A small group of volunteers (originally called Thrapston Independents Group, then Operation Transform Thrapston) began making plans for the town – to decorate, rejuvenate and to generally make the town a nicer place to be.
Part of the plan was to make the quadrant outside the library a better area. Beginning with a charity Fish n Chip supper, the group began to raise funds. There were various grant applications and help from the town council too. The area was cleared and lovely new benches added. The Heritage Society made boards denoting the towns history and the planters were tidied.
It became clear when Zephyr Flags reinstated the refirbished flag poles that the brick and concrete block which housed the flags in summer and the Christmas tree in winter was not only an eyesore but also becoming dangerous. With a limited budget the block could not be removed, so the group got a company to cover the breaking, crumbling bricks with a wooden surround and set about planning the new town Mosaic.
Local volunteers designed various areas of the mosaic and learnt the craft from scratch from a proper mosaic artist last summer.
The seven volunteers then spent hundreds of hours piecing together the mosaic in sections, tile by tile, basing it on our designs. They worked on our their lounge floors, dining tables and in amongst work and family life, carrying tiles back and forth and meeting regularly at the Plaza to piece togetherthe work over the course of the year. They used 2cm square pieces of tile or smaller, so you can imagine how long it took!
Thrapston Tiling were called in to help complete the mosaic, by laying the ready-made sections of mosaic which the volunteers had already created off-site using specialist mesh, craft glue and pieces of tile. Ben at Thrapston Tiling laid all the mosaic under their instruction and grouted the finished article.
Using their tiling expertise to ensure it will remain in tip top condition no matter what the weather.
The group wants to thank everyone involved, all the volunteers and supporters. Thank you to the people who bought ice creams to the workers on the very hot installation day too!
Please respect the mosaic and enjoy it. It will probably become quite slippery when it rains or snows, so as it is an art piece meant to be enjoyed by walking past, standing/sitting and stopping a while this will not pose a problem. The mosaic is not meant to be climbed upon, so please ensure that your children remain safe by not doing so.
Keep reading Nene Local Magazine online regularly to find out what’s the next plan for Operation Transform Thrapston…