Roadside Ramblings – Bee thoughtful and Bee aware

A Cornish Dark Honeybee tile mural made up of over 11,000 handmade ceramic tiles has been unveiled in St Austell.

The artwork, which was two years in the  making, is the largest Whitegold Project public art commission to date –  in a series of 14 to be completed, forming a new artwork trail for the  town in the next year.

Making-up the mural, which is located in Biddicks Court, are thousands of ceramic tiles made from local St Austell clay, which  were handmade by local residents, artists, makers and even Prince  Charles at ‘the hive’ workshop space in the town centre.

The yellow glazed tiles depict 11  icons, selected by the local community to symbolise St Austell and the  town’s favourite landmarks, which are: the clay country sky tip, the  Gribben, mackerel, sheep, pasties, waves, hearts, sun, mines, boats and  sunflowers.

The Whitegold Project, one arm of the  Austell Project, is aptly named after the financial reward clay brought  to the area. Through a variety of activities, the Projects are engaging,  educating and inspiring people to get involved in ceramics and learn  about the town’s clay heritage, to help restore a sense of pride.

The concept for the mural was created  by Parasite Ceramics and is designed to celebrate Cornwall’s native  honeybee and emphasise the importance of sustainability and the  environment. This striking and collaborative Whitegold Project ceramic  commission is hoped to be an enduring legacy – made for the town, of the  clay which is part of its foundations.

This new artwork also ties together the  Austell Project’s key themes of horticulture and clay, deep rooted in  the fabric of St Austell’s heritage, which are playing central roles in  the cultural regeneration of the town, reimagining St Austell.

The Whitegold Project’s next phase will  see 12 more special ceramic artwork commissions introduced at locations  throughout St Austell between now and June 2021, from works by young  Cornish makers, to world famous guest artists.

The commission has been made possible,  thanks for support from sponsors Nationwide Print, St Austell Business  Improvement District, Cornwall Council, St Austell Town Council, APS  Construction, Imerys and The National Lottery through Arts Council  England.

The Cornish Honeybee mural and  information about the other temporary and permanent artworks being  created in St Austell by leading international artists is available to  view via the Austell Project website

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