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Hackney Mosaic Project At London Zoo

October 11, 2023
by the gentle author

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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

When I went along to visit, visitors to London Zoo enjoyed the additional attraction of watching Tessa Hunkin and her crew from Hackney Mosaic Project installing two joyous masterpieces of mosaic on either side of the main entrance

On the left, a pair of Humboldt Penguins dip and dive to create a pleasantly dynamic composition while, on the right, five mischievous Squirrel Monkeys perch on branches, poised to leap.

‘I especially like the Squirrel Monkeys at the zoo,’ Tessa confided to me, ‘because they love mobile phones and enjoy taking them off visitors and dropping them from the tops of trees.’

Humboldt Penguins


Robson Cezar, Ken Edwards & Tess Hunkin (from left to right)

Squirrel Monkeys

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

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  1. Jill Wilson permalink
    October 11, 2023

    Can’t wait for Tessa’s book. I will get a copy or two to give to the people at Fortnums to hopefully inspire them to use her to decorate the food hall (the wall behind the cash desks is crying out for something detailed and delightful for the customers to enjoy while they queue!)

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