They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. But did you know our latest mosaic is made up of 40,000 ceramic pieces?
We were very proud to reveal our new mosaic at our Soho restaurant earlier this week. The artwork is a masterpiece by Southern African artist - Henk Serfontein – it’s a one-of-a-kind mosaic that’s bursting with life.
“The challenge was to come up with a contextual artwork that will also create a bit of magic whilst waiting for your half a PERi-PERi chicken and chips!” explained Henk.
It’s not the first time Serfontein’s played a part in our Soho restaurant either. He was one of seven featured artists at our recent Feast Your Eye’s exhibition, where we were proud to exhibit his award-winning work.
His work explores the transitory spaces of Africa, those places where identity, culture and history intersect. “I titled the mosaic the Ponto de Ouro Mosaic. Ponto de Ouro refers to the main road between South Africa and Maputo,” said Henk when we spoke to him. “The notions of crossing boundaries and making connections between places, people and things are ideas that interest me as an artist.”
There are over 80 individual colours in the mosaic, and the materials used range from natural stone, to man-made materials such as Venetian glass. The mosaic itself was constructed by a team from Spier Arts Academy and took a whopping 4,800 hours to complete by 21 apprentices!
“The work is essentially a collaboration between myself and the Spier Mosaic studio, managed by Spier Arts Trust, and includes some pieces from the Qubeka Bead Studio,” says Henk.
So we’d like to say a big thank you to our partners Spier Arts Trust who run artist development programmes like the Spier Arts Academy, which offer full-time, employment-based training in mosaic and ceramic applied arts to budding artists, who all graduate as highly skilled craftsmen!
We’re very proud to be supporting the Academy’s emerging talent, as well as an established artist such as Henk! Check out the installation of the mosaic after it was flown in from South Africa.