Monday, 11:21pm
7 June 2010

On the tiles

Mosaics are revitalising the signs and spaces of London’s Southbank

St. Bride’s recent conference brought designers together to discuss the value of craft and the hand-made, writes John Ridpath (see ‘DIY Design’ on the Eye blog).

So I couldn’t help but be drawn to a series of mosaic signs and artworks scattered around London’s Southbank. It turns out that these arresting pieces are the work of Southbank Mosaics, a not-for-profit community enterprise set on ‘transforming the public realm with colour, rhythm and artistic form’.

Top and below: Southbank Mosaics were commissioned by Transport for London to produce these signs for the area around Waterloo Station.


Nepham St-1

Above and below: Mosaics in the public realm, including signs for Southbank Sinfonia and Bankside Keys.

Southbank Sinfonia

Bankside Keys


Above: Gandhi.

Below: Underwater mosaics adorn St. Mary’s Garden Fountain, SE1.

St. Mary’s Garden Fountain

St. Mary’s Garden Fountain 2

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