Chiswick Artist Opens Mosaic On Westway

Carrie Reichardt says the urban space provides creative inspiration


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Chiswick contemporary artist Carrie Reichardt, Co-founder of the Treatment Rooms Collective, has unveiled a new mosaic under the Westway.

The project, entitled 'The Revolution Will Be Ceramicised' was unveiled on September 14. The artwork uses more than 1,000 tiles and has an estimated value of £25,000.

Says Carrie;

"This area is a hothouse of dissent, resistance, and creativity. It's an inspirational place, and worthy of a permanent tribute".

The mural consists of stylised images of a tiled heart and brain and a slogan to 'think for yourself and act for others'. The final tiles were put in place in time for this year's Portobello Film Festival to coincide with the showing of a short film ' Angola-3-All Power to the People' by Hugo Levine, which featured Carrie Reichardt and won the audiance vote for the Best Film of the 2012 Festival.

Afterwards Carrie (pictured below) commented;

"Mosaicing takes time, effort and skill. There's a permmanence that other street art can't always achieve. It's the perfect accolade for the permanent, positive changes that the people of this neighbourhood have brought about through their actions and protexts".

In 2009, the 'One Foot under the Grove’ exhibition was staged under the Westway. The local community, assisted by the Single Homeless Project and the Treatment Rooms Collective worked together to produce large-scale mosaics, covering the concrete walls with radical works which incorporated and recognised the Westway’s past. The exhibition sought to reclaim the space for the local community, using art to dissuade the developers eyeing the area.

September 21, 2012

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