After our successful collaboration with renowned Scottish artist, Alasdair Gray, on the Glasgow Hillhead Station mural, the company was involved in preparing the tile transfers for the installation of an octagonal tiled floor mural commissioned by the Western Baths, again in the Hillhead area of Glasgow. There was a great deal of media interest in the latest work designed by Gray, who had been Artist in Residence at the historic building between 2011 to April 2013. The project took over eighteen months to design, refine and complete and was hailed a masterpiece at its unveiling to the club's members in April 2013.
As an artist, Alasdair was very keen to reflect the ethos of the Western Baths, whilst at the same time, continuing with his own ideology of making a ceramic tile work. The theme of “Refresh Mind, Refresh Body, Refresh Land and Refresh Love” has inspired the images of men, women and children on the giant octagon-shaped piece. Some of them are pictured using the pool’s rings and trapeze equipment, with the Western Baths being one of just three pools to have such facilities in Scotland.
With fellow artist and friend, Nichol Wheatley, with whom Gray worked closely on previous projects, the artists discussed art and history as well as considering the patrons of the Western Baths and the activities on offer there. These were then reflected within the images of the floor mural which our company supplied as digital tile transfers, which were applied to the porcelain tiles and then fired.
The £10,000 commission was instigated by the Western Baths Honorary Secretary, Bill Mann, who was full of praise for the finished work, after giving Alasdair a wide open brief at the beginning of the project. The octagonal mural, measuring 7ft x 7ft, is comprised of 60 tiles, followed hot on the heels of the successful Hillhead Station mural. At the unveiling, the mural was described as a "wonderful interpretation of the spirit of the Club."
If you are interested in commissioning one of our bespoke ceramic tile mural for commercial or domestic use, please contact SadlerGreen for more information.