By Bejay Browne
A GIANT MOSAIC depicting the logo of the ‘Pafos 2017’ European capital of culture will see the individual panels being pieced together at an event held today.
Mosaic artist Sharen Taylor started the community based initiative during the summer of 2012 with the aim of raising funds for the Paphos Friends Hospice and involving as many people as possible in the two-metre wide piece of art.
“We are inviting children and adults to come along and help us to mount and grout the flexible panels onto cement board. We want everyone to continue to help create this amazing piece of art which not only reinforces the Paphos tradition of mosaic making, but really is art for the people by the people,” she said.
Taylor started off with the help of eight volunteer fine- art students in 2012. The team took the project to numerous festivals where, for a donation of one euro a tile, participants could stick the pieces onto the individual segments.
There are 100 different sized squares which are flexible and will eventually be put together to form the logo.
All except two panels have been completed. “I am hoping to auction the remaining ones to the highest bidder,” she said.
The community project has raised in excess of €3,000 for the Friends Hospice so far.
“We also visited schools with the project, which was a great educational tool, both in showing the children about the cultural heritage of mosaic making and also teaching them about palliative care,” said Taylor.
So far around 2,000 people have taken part in the project.
“Although the volunteers will be piecing together the parts and won’t be placing on tiles, they are still participants in this community event and it’s lovely to have a record of everyone who has helped.”
Tayor says she is in the process of contacting a developer to help to construct a back structure which will enable the mosaic to be assembled and mounted.
“I am hoping that this will be in Kato Paphos at the entrance to the old mosaics,” she said.
Tayor studied fine arts and sculpture and archaeological conservation, which initially brought her to Cyprus. As well as creating all sorts of art works, she now also teaches.
“I specialised in mosaic conservation and then decided to carry on the cultural heritage of mosaic making using modern materials.”
‘Piecing Together’ takes place today and on Saturday May 17, from 10am to 1pm at the ‘Pafos 2017’ offices
Sharen Taylor- 99 603 782 [email protected]