London Mural (private ownership in USA)
Year Completed : 1977
Size : 1.32m x 2.9m
Client : Laker Airlines
Location : United States
Current Status : Purchased from Laker Airlines but current owner wants to sell it. The seller lives in the state of New Jersey and their contact email is: Beverly4214@aol.com
Since we first went into business together, Kennedy had been working out techniques of reproducing our work in editions. Artists have always done this: sculptors have bronze casts made of their original piece, printmakers work with etchings and lithographs to produce limited editions and painters have traditionally had engravings made of their work. He was determined that somehow our very labour-intensively modelled medium could be made more accessible and affordable.
So Kennedy, an inventor and always interested in technical challenges, worked out various original methods and we began to make repeating panels. To make these, clay was impressed into the flexible rubber patterns which Kennedy had taken from my intensely worked original pieces. The panels then progressed just as normal, with each one being separately glazed, fired and assembled into its resin backing. It was still a labour-intensive process, but with the modelling stage cut down so greatly it was more feasible to produce panels for the market. For several years we sold panels in limited editions through Tile Mart in Portman Street and through various exhibitions all over the country.
In the late seventies, we were approached by an agent who had offices in Cork Street, London. He was not an artists' agent as such but conceived the idea of working with us to produce some work which he could promote using his marketing skills. With this new challenge, we conceived the idea of designing and making a whole mural that was repeatable.
We designed a mural based on the famous landmarks of London. A cartouche containing some lines from a 16th century poem by William Dunbar.
This particular panel went to Freddie Laker of Sky Train for his New York office. I think we altered, at Freddie Laker’s request, the time on Big Ben to represent the time that his planes arrived in New York.
Condition: Some ridges have minor chips, flea bites and finish loss, virtually indistinguishable. One panel containing the London bridge with a repaired crack to top right hand corner.
Lat/Long : 40.919387, -74.279918
Mural still exists but can't easily be seen due to resticted access to the site