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Jubilee mosaic is ruined by weather
A MOSAIC created to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in Cricklade has already been ruined by the weather just three months after it was unveiled.
The commemorative mosaic, which is in the town’s community garden at Saxons Rest, was created by Cirencester mosaic artist Debbie Stirling and unveiled on May 31.
However, the artwork has been damaged by heavy rainfall and high temperatures earlier in the summer and will now need to be rebuilt.
Town clerk Shelley Parker said: “It is just absolutely heartbreaking and we are all very sad.
“The extreme rainfall from March to July has lifted the tiles. We have had various tests done and have spoken to various professionals since it was discovered in July and they are satisfied that the damage has been caused by the weather.”
Discussions will continue to ensure the next mosaic will survive harsh weather conditions and the mosaic will be rebuilt. Both Debbie and the town council are working together to look at ways to fund it all.
The original mosaic was paid for by external grants, but second time around, the council will be using money put aside from savings and Debbie will be contributing some of her labour costs free.
Shelley said there are also plans to auction off some of the original tiles to help contribute towards the project, which will have more community involvement than previously.
“We are hoping to hold a community initiative where residents can buy a tile and then put their name in a book donated to the museum,” said Shelley.
“Thousands of tiles are used to create the mosaic so if we could sell them at a reasonable price for everybody it would be great.
“Debbie was most definitely the right person for the job and the mosaic is beautiful so it will be the same piece of work again. “It takes about four and a half months for her to do the bulk of the work in her studio and because of her other work commitments, we are hoping that she will be able to start it in the new year so it will possibly be ready by the spring.
“Lots of community groups were involved in the project and we are all absolutely committed to bringing it back because it is what the community want to see - we had so much lovely feedback on it. “It was so disappointing when the councillors visited it this week but unfortunately, that is the British weather for you.”
The design of the mosaic incorporates the town motto “in loco delicioso”, which means “in a delightful place.”
It was unveiled at the end of May during a celebration with music provided by the Cricklade Band and the Community 4x4 Choir, before the Royal British Legion raised a new town flag and 60 children from local schools released red, white and blue balloons.
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