Friday, 20 August 2010

Education - College of Art and Design

The logo of Leeds College of Art & Design is taken from a section of the large rectangular double figured mosaic built into the wall above the front entrance of the College in Vernon Street. The colourful mosaic was designed by Professor Gerald Moira (1867-1959) of the RCA specifically for the new art college building. It was made by Rust & Co in their then new vitreous enamel and represents the muses 'Art' and Design' (only Art is represented on the panel). Does anyone know where Rust & Co were based?

The building itself was designed by architects Francis Bedford and Sydney Kitson and was opened in 1903.

It took Jan Webster fifty-six hours to complete this piece using French knots.

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