When the Lost Plot Community Garden committee commissioned local artist Krissa Wilkinson to make a mosaic, she invited fellow creatives Kerry Wheeldon and Jan Dennis to collaborate on the project.
When the artists first looked at the site, they brainstormed garden themed ideas and came up with butterflies, dragonflies, bees, trailing vines and flowers.
Kerry offered to draw the insect templates which were then traced on to the boards for mosaicing. Jan led the vines and tendrils across each panel and they each created imaginary flowers. Krissa and Jan created the repeating pattern for the border and Krissa proposed the radiating background.
Recycled coloured glass scraps were donated by lead-light artist Sandi Ozolins, which was then cleaned and sorted. Each tiny glass tile was hand cut and the mosaic took several months to complete, as the artists met to work in their free time.
This creative collaboration was a contrast to the otherwise solitary pursuit of each artist, but there was a great sense of camaraderie and a determination to complete the daunting task.
Each panel evolved as the artists gathered and despite the many hours, Jan, Kerry and Krissa are pleased they decided to create this fine, detailed mosaic.
The Lost Plot team, led by Graeme Evans, supported the project, sourcing donated materials, Al Campbell led the installation and Vic Compton was hired to grout. Bunnings Port Macquarie generously donated many materials and grout.
The artists volunteered their time and just like the community gardeners, enjoyed contributing to a public project that benefits so many residents. It is a lovely way to celebrate the Lost Plot’s fifth birthday.
Come and help us celebrate our 5th birthday and this fabulous piece of art, on Saturday 13th April from 11am (after our regular morning working bee).
Check out our Instagram account to see a short video of our beautiful new mosaic being installed. We are so pleased with it, and want to thank everyone who has been involved in the project.