Stones will enhance city’s unique mosaic

April 28 2021
Stones will enhance city’s unique mosaic

A DRAMATIC surround is planned for the Wells in Mosaic.

This will not only enhance the beautiful artwork – a six-metre diameter mosaic detailing some of the history and highlights of the city, to be sited eventually at Wells Recreation Ground – but also literally ‘sets in stone’ the names of the organisations, people and businesses who have made significant contributions to the development of this unique project.

The team supporting mosaic artist Ruth Ames-White has expressed its gratitude to Andy Vallis, editor and publisher of the Wells Voice, who has supported the project from its beginnings. A spokesperson for the WiM team said: “Andy has been with us all the way; he has been very generous with editorial space and helped us to promote the project and to keep the community of Wells informed about our progress.”

Andy recently called at Ruth’s studio to see the blue lias stone which means that the publication will be part of the project in perpetuity. He said: “Wells Voice has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Wells in Mosaic project right from the start. We think it will be a wonderful feature for residents and visitors to engage with and admire. Sponsoring a stone seemed like a good way of helping the project along.”

The blue lias stone sponsored by Wells Voice

The blue lias stone sponsored by Wells Voice

Local stone carver, Andy James, has been commissioned to carve the stones and each one is designed and made to order. Different size stones are available for each level of donation, starting from £250.

There are many other ways of contributing to the mosaic – by sponsoring elements of the map (your road, for instance) or one of the 32 ‘windows’ or ‘quatrefoils’, or a building, or a tree in the Palace Fields. Something to suit everyone; and an opportunity to be part of a unique piece of public art for future generations to admire.

A short video on the website explains more about the project and how people can contribute: www.wellsinmosaic.org/sponsorship-options/