Edwalton-based artist Julie Vernon was recently commissioned to create six mosaic sculptures at the housebuilder’s Leicestershire development in Queniborough called The Millstones.
David Wilson Homes East Midlands has been supporting a mosaic artist in Nottinghamshire to design and create unique artwork at its developments.
This artwork includes a millstone sculpture made from colourful glass mosaics and five natural stone pieces, which continue the bright and inspirational theme with different coloured mosaics worked into them.
She said: “I think adding an element of public art to a new homes development is really important, bringing a uniqueness and personality to the neighborhood.
“It makes our surroundings inspiring, colourful and happy places to be and hopefully generates a conversation, encouraging people to think and pay attention to their environment.”
It took Julie just over six months to create as she had to cut and shape the materials by hand for an individual, textured feel and rarely used whole tiles.
Julie started her practice in 2010 working with a mix of materials from vitreous glass and ceramic through to natural marble, slate and individual pieces of vintage china.
As well as producing work for exhibition, she also works on a range of public and private commissions and is involved with workshops, schools and community arts projects.
Jason Hearn, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “As a major housebuilder we recognise how important it is to support local businesses in and around the communities in which we build and we are thrilled to be working with Julie on our latest project.
“For this piece, we wanted to choose something that would complement the area’s surroundings and thought this would be a great way to enhance our development.
“We have been impressed with Julie’s stunning and creative work at The Millstones.”