Mapei products have been used to complete an “Imagine”-themed mosaic floor design at The Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field bandstand in Liverpool. It was installed by Liverpool-based Eye of the Tiler’s father and son team – Lee and Nick – and the project was completed for contract project managers, PMC Squared.
A tribute to the late Beatle John Lennon, the circular mosaic is inspired by a similar mosaic in New York’s Central Park. The intricate mosaic is made up of 390,000 tiles and measures 6.4m in diameter, covering the entire floor of the new Strawberry Field Forever bandstand.
It comprises thousands of individual natural stone tessera, laid onto a resin backing by hand; it was completed by four craftsmen from Mozaico Art, taking over 15 weeks to create. Eye of the Tiler then carefully pieced it together and installed the mosaic on the floor of the bandstand. Mapei donated three products to complete the installation: Keraquick S1 White – a quick-setting, deformable cementitious adhesive mixed with the company’s Latex Plus elasticising additive and Kerapoxy Easy Design epoxy grout. Both the adhesive and grout are said to feature very low VOC formulations for a safe and environmentally-friendly installation.
“The bandstand mosaic is a culmination of hard work and dedication by so many creative people from across the globe,” explained Major Kathleen Versfeld, mission director at Strawberry Field. “In response to John’s death in 1980, a 2.5 acre landscape garden in the shape of a teardrop was built in Central Park in New York. The gardens were opened by Yoko Ono in John’s memory and named Strawberry Fields.”
Featuring advanced computer lighting and sound technology, visitors will enjoy musical and theatrical performances from the bandstand via wireless headphones as they explore the famous grounds. The bandstand will also feature artwork by renowned pop artist, James Wilkinson.