EVERYONE can be part of the landmark Wells in Mosaic artwork.
Ruth Ames-White, the Wells mosaic artist, has already immortalised much of the history and many of the people and places of the city in stone, and now has sight of the final section.
On her 6m-long workbench Ruth has laid thousands of tiles, one 30cm x 6m strip section at a time, since March 2020. As she packed away and carefully catalogued a completed section last week, the final section of the moat came into view.
“This means that it is 75 per cent completed,” she said. “But,” she added, “in some ways there’s still a long way to go. The project team have to raise the money for this last 25 per cent of the Mosaic as well as for the installation. This is a highly skilled job, with a comparable cost.”
Some of the iconic historic buildings of Wells shown in the Mosaic
The project has so far been funded entirely by donations large and small, and sponsorship, from £20 for each tree and cow in the Palace Fields to major buildings like the Cathedral and the City Arms, all from within the community of Wells.
Many families and businesses will also be immortalised in the beautiful, carved blue lias stones which will surround the completed mosaic. These are still available to purchase by contacting Wells in Mosaic on firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website: www.wellsinmosaic.org.
Before making an investment in the future of the city, would-be backers can see the work in progress at Ruth’s studio. To arrange a visit, contact a member of the team on email@example.com