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Erith artist behind fish roundabout sculpture to unveil handmade mosaic wall at Chelsea Garden Show

PUBLISHED: 14:36 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:36 28 April 2017

Gary Drostle working on the mosaic

Gary Drostle working on the mosaic

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Gary Drostle has collaborated with 2016 Best Artisan Garden winners to create a Barcelona-inspired wall

An interpretation of what the garden will look likeAn interpretation of what the garden will look like

The Erith artist behind the fish roundabout sculpture, will be unveiling a handmade mosaic wall at this year’s Chelsea Garden show.

Gary Drostle, was asked by Viking Cruises and garden designer Sarah Eberle, the winners of the 2016 Best Artisan Garden award, to create a Barcelona-inspired wall reflecting the colours, art, and culture of the vibrant city.

When Ms Eberle came to Mr Drostle and asked him to create the sculpture, the artist said he knew he needed to visit Barcelona and revisit the works of famous architect Gaudi.

He said: “I’ve been creating mosaics for over 30 years now, but I knew that I needed some inspiration from the city itself. Viking Cruises run a journey from Barcelona to Venice, so I went on that, and my design went from there.

Erith fish roundaboutErith fish roundabout

“When I got there, I had a eureka moment, where I realised what I needed to do was strip back the work, and handmake it using Venetian glass. The aim is to create a modern twist on Gaudi’s works.

“It’s a quick job compared to usual, as some murals take years to create, but this one has only taken four months. Last time I did anything for the garden show is was for Leeds Council - I made it and they just transferred it to the site, but this time I need to actually be at the show to put it together myself. I’ll have to finish building it, then break it up into jigsaw pieces, and then reassemble the wall when I’m in Chelsea.

“Mosaics are much more durable than painted murals, which is why I started creating them in the first place, but to be honest, this challenge is a lot more colourful and vibrant than the works I usually do. It’s been a really great challenge, and I’m excited to get the chance to visit the garden show.”

Explaining why they chose Barcelona, Ms Eberle said: “Barcelona is both an amazing destination, but also a city of great culture. There is an incredible amount of modern art built into the city through its distinctive architecture. Gaudi’s designs in particular were inspired by nature so it makes sense to create a garden inspired by his designs.”

Wendy Atkin-Smith, managing director of Viking Cruises UK said: “The Viking Cruises Garden of Inspiration will bring all the vibrancy and excitement of Barcelona to life. This city is always a popular destination with our guests, and we are delighted Sarah and Gary are drawing inspiration from its distinctive art and culture.”

The Chelsea Garden Show takes place from May 23-27.

For tickets and more information visit rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show

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