Study of Hundertwasser, Canbury Passage, Kingston

A discovery project of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Born 1928, Vienna, Austria. Died February 19th 2000.

More than one thousand eight hundred (1,800) local people came together as volunteers in 942 mosaic making sessions to complete the project. It is the largest of its kind in the UK and took two and a half years to complete. There were 17 artists involved and more than 50 other adult volunteers involved on a long term basis with the management, installation, funding, training and also council officials and other stakeholders. There were more than 30 businesses and 7 schools, including schools with special needs young people and even workplace volunteer programmes with companies including John Lewis and Unilever. Many young offenders took part in the project.

The massive work was directed by local artist and mother of three, Karen Parry. She oversaw the entire project including design, worked the whole time and installed the work herself with a team of loyal workers. Her innovation and use of materials, her own interpretations and ability to support and inspire others to get the best out of the medium of mosaics is a credit to her.

The completed mosaic mural is on permanent display in Skerne Road and Canbury Passage Kingston. Come and see for yourself how sensational it is!

In community partnership with: pupils from Latchmere Junior School, St Agatha’s School, St Luke’s School, Grey Court School and residents of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Youth Offenders Team, John Lewis and Unilever volunteer workforce. ‘A study of Hundertwasser has been designed and coordinated by Karen Parry for Save the World Club.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters: St George plc and Royal Borough of Kingston, the Arts council of Great Britain and Unilever. Also Kingston Glass Shop, Park Glass Supplies Ltd, Bovis Construction, Tile Co Molesey, Castelnau Tiles. Special thanks to TGI Fridays!

Download special letter from Austrian Embassy

More about Hundertwasser’s life

The Opening
Aaron (SWC Youth Rep) making a speech Cutting the ribbon
The first glimpse Touching the mosaic
The Mosaic
Canbury passage Canbury passage
Canbury passage Canbury passage
detail top of pillar
hundertwasser spiral part of the black and white building
the fountaain detail of a pod
mosaic detail windows
the mosaic wraps itself around a pipe A huge pod

 

Comments from the public

“ Fantastic – once again you have transformed a ‘grotty’ area of Kingston into a magical place to walk….Congratulations….Keep at it!! Hundertwasser would have been delighted.” (Ann Jordan and Don Jordan, former Mayor of Kingston)

“Wonderful – what a transformation! Keep it up!”

“Fantastic art work of over 185 metres. Well done to the artists” (Ranji Ree)

“An excellent partnership working with the whole community”

“Beautiful – what a picture!”

“Brill! Great effort – keep up great work”

“Amazing – a new installation every year! Look forward to the next” (Margaret Holmes)

“I’m nearly speechless and I can talk!” (S. Day)

“A cultural icon! Kingston should celebrate this fabulous visual treasure!” (Julie Reay – Chair of the Arts Council)

“Thank you all loads. You have done a great job. Cheers” (Bart Ricketts)

“That’s tremendous work! Well done everyone involved!” (Dave Humphrey)

“It’s beautiful!” (Joanna Ballard)

“Wickedly inspiring! Can’t wait to see what ours looks like! Loads of love” (Sarah Ballard – Tolworth Girls)

“Congratulations on a brilliant project” (Graham McNally – Kingston First/Kingston Town Centre Manager)

“Beautiful. Well done”

“Best artwork in public space ever seen. Congratulations” (Ingrid)

“A truly life enhancing work”

“Fantastic work. Well done everyone who contributed”

“Congratulations – what a brilliant piece of work!! The design in fantastic and everyone at the Save the World Club deserves our thanks” (Richard Tapper)

“Fantastic – Kingston residents should be very grateful – good luck in future projects” (Barry O’Mahoney – Deputy Leader. Royal Borough of Kingston)

“Terrific effort! What an improvement! Well done Bernadette and all your helpers. Very best wishes” (Patrick Codd – Councillor)

“Fantastic! Well done. Long may it stay vandal free”

“It is absolutely great! It looks fantastic. Please make more of it” (D & D Ainslie)

“So much nicer than the old passage. Well done, let’s hope there will be many more” (G Griffiths)

“Well done to the hard workers who made this passage a delight to pass through. Hope the vandals take a look and compare their tasteless scribble” (PJ Cobran)

“Fantastic. Love the mirror work” (Zak Griffiths)

“Wicked!! We need more of this!!!” (Nick)

“Very impressive” (Grace)

“This is stunning – a truly monumental piece of work with the ‘wow’ factor from start to finish” (Diane Hullah)

Comments from the public

“ Fantastic – once again you have transformed a ‘grotty’ area of Kingston into a magical place to walk….Congratulations….Keep at it!! Hundertwasser would have been delighted.” (Ann Jordan and Don Jordan, former Mayor of Kingston)

“Wonderful – what a transformation! Keep it up!”

“Fantastic art work of over 185 metres. Well done to the artists” (Ranji Ree)

“An excellent partnership working with the whole community”

“Beautiful – what a picture!”

“Brill! Great effort – keep up great work”

“Amazing – a new installation every year! Look forward to the next” (Margaret Holmes)

“I’m nearly speechless and I can talk!” (S. Day)

“A cultural icon! Kingston should celebrate this fabulous visual treasure!” (Julie Reay – Chair of the Arts Council)

“Thank you all loads. You have done a great job. Cheers” (Bart Ricketts)

“That’s tremendous work! Well done everyone involved!” (Dave Humphrey)

“It’s beautiful!” (Joanna Ballard)

“Wickedly inspiring! Can’t wait to see what ours looks like! Loads of love” (Sarah Ballard – Tolworth Girls)

“Congratulations on a brilliant project” (Graham McNally – Kingston First/Kingston Town Centre Manager)

“Beautiful. Well done”

“Best artwork in public space ever seen. Congratulations” (Ingrid)

“A truly life enhancing work”

“Fantastic work. Well done everyone who contributed”

“Congratulations – what a brilliant piece of work!! The design in fantastic and everyone at the Save the World Club deserves our thanks” (Richard Tapper)

“Fantastic – Kingston residents should be very grateful – good luck in future projects” (Barry O’Mahoney – Deputy Leader. Royal Borough of Kingston)

“Terrific effort! What an improvement! Well done Bernadette and all your helpers. Very best wishes” (Patrick Codd – Councillor)

“Fantastic! Well done. Long may it stay vandal free”

“It is absolutely great! It looks fantastic. Please make more of it” (D & D Ainslie)

“So much nicer than the old passage. Well done, let’s hope there will be many more” (G Griffiths)

“Well done to the hard workers who made this passage a delight to pass through. Hope the vandals take a look and compare their tasteless scribble” (PJ Cobran)

“Fantastic. Love the mirror work” (Zak Griffiths)

“Wicked!! We need more of this!!!” (Nick)

“Very impressive” (Grace)

“This is stunning – a truly monumental piece of work with the ‘wow’ factor from start to finish” (Diane Hullah)

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