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New home for the Spital Square mosaic

Much loved landmark repaired, relocated and reopened.

A colourful landmark and much loved feature of the Borough that fell into disrepair has been brought back to life.

The ‘Spital Square mosaic’ was produced in 1995 by two schools, Thomas Buxton and St Anne’s  situated opposite each other on Buxton Street near Brick Lane. Pupils from the schools worked together to produce the 12 piece mosaic.

Over the years the mosaic had been dug up from its original home and placed on a skip for disposal before being resuced. For a number of years half of it was stored in a lock-up on Brick Lane where it sustained significant damage. With support from the Council it has been  repaired and placed in its new home in Ravencroft Park and was formally opened by Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs.

Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs said: “This much loved mosaic means a lot to our residents and reflects the many elements of Tower Hamlets. It’s great news that it’s been restored and put on display once again.”

The mosaic took over six months to create and involved one hundred and twenty pupils from both schools. The children filled giant twelve-foot long sections of concrete with colourful designs that reflected different aspects of the local area. They made mosaics of menorahs and mehndis, mosques, churches and synagogues, Hugenuot spinning wheels and sewing machines.

It had been placed in landscaped gardens on the site of the old Spitalfields Hospital directly behind Spitalfields market. The project attracted a lot of positive media attention and was filmed by children’s tv programme Blue Peter

Following redevelopment of the original site the mosaic was moved to  the old railway arches in Brick Lane and arranged on opposite sides of the street near the railway bridge.

Cllr Abdul Mukit Cabinet Member for Culture and Youth said: “The restoration of the mosaic is a fantastic testament to the work of volunteers and the council coming together to bring a local landmark back.”

The mosaic has now been moved to its new resting place at Ravencroft Park where it is laid out as it was originally meant to be displayed. It was moved in December 2017 and works to repair the damage and grafitti has now been completed.