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The Hounds Of Hackney Downs

October 6, 2023
by the gentle author


We are in the third week of our month’s crowdfund campaign and I am grateful to the 160 people who have contributed so far, and touched by your messages of encouragement. I am hoping that we can reach the target in the next 8 days.




Today we preview Tessa Hunkin’s book


Tessa Hunkin and Hackney Mosaic Project have created breathtakingly beautiful and witty mosaics in locations all across the East End over the past ten years. In the process, Tessa has won the reputation as the pre-eminent mosaic designer in this country while leading a community endeavour that has elevated the lives of hundreds of participants.

“A beautiful book about Hackney Mosaic Project will be the best reward for all the people who have worked on the mosaics, bringing their achievement to a wider public and giving them the recognition they so well deserve.”

Tessa Hunkin

I was among the first to admire the canine masterpiece created by Hackney Mosaic Project under the presiding genius of Tessa Hunkin when it was installed on Hackney Downs. Tessa’s design takes its inspiration from the canine users of the park and proud owners were lining up at once to identify their pets immortalised upon the wall.

The mosaic artists

I was also there when the second instalment of Hackney Mosaic Project’s series of portraits of the dogs of Hackney Downs was installed. When I asked Tessa how it was possible to find so many different ways of portraying dogs in mosaic, she replied that it was simple – the infinite variety of the dogs provided the inspiration.

The mosaic artists

THE HACKNEY MOSAIC PROJECT is seeking commissions, so if you would like a mosaic please get in touch

4 Responses leave one →
  1. October 6, 2023

    Her work is fabulous, I can’t wait for the book.

  2. Arabella Warner permalink
    October 6, 2023

    The dogs are simply wonderful. Every community should have a mosaic by Tessa. But if that might prove too long an endeavour then let’s all have a book instead. Glorious

  3. Sally permalink
    October 6, 2023

    I have never seen anything like it. It’s so clever and heart-warming.

  4. October 6, 2023

    As always trying to cram too much in on visit to London, short of time and with an abysmal sense of direction, I was failing to locate the Hounds. I did the only sensible thing and approached a passing dog owner. I struck gold, for he was the owner of Olive, a beautiful springer spaniel, who, he proudly informed me, was the only dog featured with her ball. Calling Olive to follow, he led me to the mosaic, and there amongst the other hounds was Olive, yellow tennis ball in mouth. Despite our blandishments, the real Olive was far too busy chasing and catching her ball to pause for a photograph with her mosaic.
    This is my favourite of all the lovely mosaics. Looking forward to the book.

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