Ceramic Tile Murals installed in Montreal Hospital

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Earlier this year, Sadler Green collaborated with French-Canadian artist, Josée Pedneault, to produce a series of stunning large-scale ceramic tile murals, which have recently been installed at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.  In total, 415 ceramic tiles, each measuring 20x30cm were used to create the set of five murals.

The artist working on her photographs for the Lichen ceramic tile mural at her studio in Montreal.

Josée is a visual artist, who lives and works in Montreal, teaching Photography at Concordia University.  She creates large-scale public art projects, which begin from stimuli using a series of photographs, videos and drawings.   Her ideas always take the notion of an “existential quest”, which is purely a subjective journey in order to search for meaning in everyday life; to question and change personal beliefs and viewpoints of the world around us.  Travel and wandering are also central to Josée’s artistic exploration as well as her own perceptions on the human experience.

The collection ceramic tile murals, entitled “Annedda”, meaning ‘Tree of Life’, were created from a series of black and white photographs taken by the artist and are influenced from French-Canadian folklore behind the restorative properties of the White Cedar tree.

 

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Jacques Cartier, a French explorer of Breton origin, claimed Canada for France.

Historically, in the winter of 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew, settled in Hochelaga, now known as Montreal, in Quebec and were struck by an outbreak of scurvy due to poor diet and the harsh winter.  After witnessing over a quarter of his men die, Cartier sought help from the indigenous population, who give the men an infusion to drink made from the pine needles of the White Cedar, the Annedda tree.  After eight days of taking the infusion, those suffering from scurvy were cured and other existing wounds healed.  The pine needles were found to be rich in vitamin C which probably contributed to eradicating the scurvy and supplementing their poor diet.

The Annedda murals feature plants and trees that are indigenous to Quebec and the Boreal region and are regarded as symbols of strength and fortitude and were used to treat respiratory afflictions before the advancement of modern medicine.   Plants and trees chosen for this installation were Slippery Elm, White Cedar, Borage, White Pine and Iceland Moss to provide a visual link from these historical natural remedies and the modern technological advances in medicine.

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The murals were unveiled in the MCI Pulmonary Function Clinic, with one on public view within the main reception room.  The other four have been installed in the clinical areas to enhance the ambience of the centre, providing a soothing, restorative and healing environment for patients and visitors alike.  This encompasses the ethos of the McGill University Health Centre and fulfills the vision of the artist, who explains her inspiration in a specially created Youtube video.

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Tile Mural Enhances Westway Flyover Cycleway in Paddington.

Tile Mural-Paddington UnderpassSadler Green’s long association with the ceramicist, Robert Dawson of Aesthetic Sabotage, has continued with his commission to create a wall mural for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing under the Westway Flyover in Paddington, West London. The mural is located opposite the entrance to the new ‘Street Sweepers’ depot that was built under the Westway, at the intersection of the new crossing on Harrow Road.

Dawson created the artwork in consultation with a group of local residents and organisations, which included Paddington Waterways, Active Concern on Transport and SE Bayswater Residents Association. Eventually, after many discussions and suggestions, Dawson arrived at a piece of public artwork which reflected the nature of the history and regeneration of the local area.

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The mural combines a mixture of locally significant historical references, including a portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, within a skillfully interrelated and overlaid composition. It also reflects the continual process of change in the local area by including, for example, a geometric pattern based on the CrossRail logo and historical scenes of the local area. The composition of the artwork was formed by using square tiles finished in a range of blue tones, with details within the design, such as the chemical structure drawing for penicillin picked out in white, along the lines of delftware porcelain. Additionally, the mural is further enhanced by subtle lighting provided by a concealed strip light already installed during construction work for the depot. To ensure the longevity of the mural and to protect the surface, the artwork has been coated in an anti-graffiti finish.

Sadler Green have been proud to continue our association with Robert and are pleased to see the final outcome of the project.

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