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One fabulous launch and an amazing work of the heart

Glittering Shards: One fabulous launch and an amazing work of the heart

Glittering Shards

Monday, July 04, 2011

One fabulous launch and an amazing work of the heart

The Hospital Mosaic Project was launched last Thursday - unveiled by internationally renowned mosaic artist, Martin Cheek (photo left) and Philip Holmes (photo right) to reveal a wall of over 100 mosaics by artists from all around the world (including yours truly). Everyone gasped - and rightly so.


My mosaic is bottom row, second in from the left

Me and my 'Circles'!
To top the launch of this awesome piece of public art was the heart behind it. Mosaic Artist, Karla Duterloo, invited all contributing artists to learn about (and donate to) the work of the Esther Benjamin Trust. At the launch, founder, Philip Holmes, spoke of the work they do with the forgotten children of Nepal ("last week we rescued 9 children from slavery in the Indian circus trade") and how the work started as a tribute to his loving wife, Esther Benjamin, who took her own life due to the pain of childlessness. The charity has created a career path in mosaic-making for many of the rescued young people, giving them hope and a future. It was deeply moving listening to Philip describe in detail the work they do with such passion. Please do visit their website - they are about to launch the US arm of their charity.
From left: two hospital officials, Martin Cheek, Karla Duterloo, local Mayors, Philip Holmes
Both these wonderful initiatives are a clear example of art bringing life don't you think? If you want to see each mosaic in detail, you can order a copy of the book from blurb here. If you want to see the real thing (photos never do mosaics justice) you can go and see it at the Central Middlesex Hospital, Transport Lounge, Acton Lane, London NW10 7NS. The nearest tubes are Harlesden and North Acton. Well worth a visit!

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6 Comments:

  • What a wonderful work of true heart! Great cause too! Thank you so much for sharing Concetta. xm

    By Blogger Maki, at 4 July 2011 at 20:35  

  • So inspiring x

    By Blogger Sy, at 5 July 2011 at 19:53  

  • thanks for your comments lovely people. It is inspiring stuff for sure.

    By Blogger Concetta, at 11 July 2011 at 10:03  

  • wow, a very moving story, some stunning art and well done you! I def would like to do this garden art project with you, think we need to get some ideas in by this week, so let's try to meet! :)

    Amelia.x

    By Blogger Amelia, at 17 July 2011 at 17:50  

  • I gasped just seeing the picture. I can only imagine seeing it in person, being able to linger next to it, study each detail of each square. And oh, to touch it!
    Yours is just breathtaking in all its glory! Huge congrats on this project well done.

    By Blogger AG Ambroult, at 20 July 2011 at 01:12  

  • Thanks lovely. xx

    By Blogger Concetta, at 21 July 2011 at 21:37  

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