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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Mosaic commission for OMD telephone box - part 2

Dear blogger friends,

I thought you might like to know how the mosaic floor panel for the Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark telephone box turned out.

In my last blog post here, https://justmosaics.blogspot.com/2019/05/hello-blogger-friends-sorry-not-to-have.html -  I reached telling you about the commissioning of the mosaic floor panel in the style of the 'Red Frame White Light' record cover.
So, firstly I drew the design on a 80cm x 80cm square of cement board - getting the stripes in the right place was tricky!

 But once drawn, I could get on with cutting the white stripes - hand cutting a straight line in very hard porcelain tiles is difficult, but I got there in the end.

I wanted the three colours of the mosaic panel to be at different angles to each other, so I cut the red tiles first, sticking them one way, and the slightly bigger dark grey tiles in another direction.

With all the snipping done, we grouted the mosaic in dark grey exterior grout.  This was easier than with some mosaics, as all the tiles were the same width, as they had to be flat for the floor to be level.

I sent a photo of the finished mosaic to my OMD superfan client and she loved it.

Part of the commission agreement was for us to install the mosaic in the telephone box, so, bright and early one morning, we drove to Liverpool (4 hours away) and met my client at the phone box.

We cleared the floor of any debris etc, mixed some cement, covered the floor with it and placed the mosaic floor panel on top - thankfully it was a perfect fit!

We finished off the installation by smoothing cement round the edge and wiping it clean - job done!

It would take 24 hours or so to dry so the door was locked, just to be on the safe side!
So ended a really fun and unusual commission which I loved being part of.  I hope the OMD fans like it too!

What next, I wonder?!

Thanks for reading,