On the week of the late Alan Davie’s birthday (28 Sep), The Saltire Society is presenting his Mosaic Mural in Grangemouth with a prestigious award. The award marks 40 years since the mural was first placed on display, and it recognises the important contribution it makes to public art in Scotland.
The Mosaic Mural was commissioned by The Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland), BP and The Scottish Craft Centre and created by the late Alan Davie (1920-2014) and mosaicist George Garson (1930-2010). Today this large 2m by 6m exterior mosaic still hangs on the wall at the entrance to the shopping precinct in Grangemouth, in the town where Davie was born.
The mosaic was freely interpreted by Garson from two small painted sketches executed on cardboard sheets by Davie. It comprises 30 panels principally in Venetian smalti with generous scatters of gold leaf smalti.
Jim Tough, Executive Director of the Saltire Society said:
“We are delighted to be restating our appreciation of Alan Davie and George Garson’s work and achievements through the presentation of this new plaque celebrating his Mosaic Mural in Grangemouth. In 1975 this mosaic received the Saltire Society Embellishment Award which recognises work that enhances and enriches the built environment, 40 years on, sadly both Davie and Garson are no longer with us but we are delighted to still celebrate their contributions once more.”
Ian Scott, Chair of Falkirk Community Trust said:
“The colours in this mosaic mural are still as vibrant as they were the day it was first installed. It reflects the wonderfully colourful life that Davie had and the richness of his imagination. The Trust is delighted that the Saltire Society are making this award which further celebrates the exceptional work of George Garson, and Alan Davie’s important contribution to Scottish painting.”
'A Universal Vision - a retrospective exhibition of work by Alan Davie from 1940 to 2000' is currently on display in the Park Gallery in Falkirk until 31 October.
Wednesday, 30th September 2015