One of the first public art commissions for St Austell will be the Cornish Honey Bee Tile mural which has been hand made by local residents of St Austell, artists, makers and HRH Prince Charles. The epic project is the brainchild of Parasite Ceramics.
The mural will be made of over 10,000 stoneware tiles composing of three types of yellow glaze. The motif designs of the tiles show 11 different icons that were selected by the local community depicting their favourite local landmarks – mackerel, sheep, The Gribben, Pasties, sky tip, waves, heart, sun, mines, boats, sunflowers. During a 5 week period in 2019, the local community were invited to press, paint and stamp the tiles in a series of community engagement workshops in the town.
The project emphasises the importance of sustainability and the environment to St Austell by celebrating one of its most valuable pollinators – the Cornish honey bee. Instantly recognisable and understood, it will offer an enduring legacy that celebrates the story of the honeybee and its natural relationship with St Austell and its beautiful landscape and the meaning of working towards a common purpose.
The project ties together the themes of nature and clay which are pillar activities of the Austell Project. It is supported by the British Coastal Fund,
the Arts Council England and local partners.
The installation will be located at Biddicks Court , due to be completed in Spring 2020.