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Coming to the City receives prestigious British Mosaic Award

The winner of the ‘British Mosaic of the Year Award 2012’ was announced at the British Mosaic Forum at the end of October 2012 at the V&A Museum in London. The Award is given by The British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM), and acknowledges outstanding modern mosaic artworks in the United Kingdom.

Four large-scale mosaic artworks were nominated and Spier Architectural Arts (SAA) walked away with the award for Coming to the City (2011), a site-specific mosaic artwork in Nando’s Kings Cross in London. The 54m2 mosaic artwork was designed by Clive van den Berg and created by mosaic artists from SAA’s studio in Cape Town.

BAMM Chairman and ‘Mosaic of the Year Award 2012’ Chair of Judges, Gary Drostle describes Coming to the City as an ‘outstanding modern mosaic artwork’. He says: ‘The aim of the award is to help spread appreciation and recognition of contemporary mosaic art in Britain and beyond, and we hope to achieve this by honouring a mosaic each year that is truly modern, creative and inspiring. ‘Coming to the City’ has a strong contemporary design that tells a story that is both important for London today and reflective of life in modern London. The fabrication of the mosaic artwork is exemplary, demonstrating the highest level of craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the richness of contemporary mosaic technique. This mosaic should be an inspiration for mosaic artists in the UK and abroad and we are proud to have it as the first winner of the Mosaic of the Year Award.’

The artwork patron Nando’s UK is also thrilled that Coming to the City has won the award and says that ‘We do hope we have raised more awareness of this intricate and fascinating medium in the world of art, as well as widen public appreciation, as BAMM sets out to do. The artists are truly deserved due to the amount of creativity and work that went into it. Because we strive to radiate the Nando's beliefs through our art collection, we are very proud to have taken on this project and have this piece displayed in our restaurant in Kings Cross, London - one of the main transport hubs of the city.’

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