This semi-completed, mosaiced elephant is Carrie Reichardt’s Phoolan. The picture does no justice for the size or detail, it’s absolutely enourmous and the decorative work is painstakingly long. He’s only one of the 250 fibreglass elephants being decorated for The Elephant Parade, London’s biggest ever outdoor art event taking place between May – July 2010 as part of a conservation campaign to raise money to help save the endangered Asian elephant. Reichardt is collaborating with Nick Reynolds of music group Alabama 3 and is documenting the whole process on carriereichardt.co.uk.
There are some bizzare posts on ‘craftivism’, a collective whose manifesto is ‘to expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art’, including a link to order vulva portrait pendants (I kid you not). There is, on the plus, fascinating documentation of the intricate mural at Ladbroke Grove (top pic) for Mutate Britain.
The other pictures posted here show mosaics of films commemorating Hitchcock at the place of his birth, Leytonstone, in 2001 and one of the many pieces on display within Tottenham Court Road underground. There’s an excellent website covering all of London’s current and past mosaics, from Columbia Road to Westminster and Canary Wharf at thejoyofshards.co.uk.