Project to create a community well dressing and stone mosaic for the Darley Park Walled Garden.
The Darley Park Walled Garden project will celebrate Ada Evan’s donation of the Evans family house and park to the people of Derby in 1929.
Artist Amanda Wray was commissioned to lead on the design and creation of the mosaic. It was originally intended that the mosaic be built from stone, but as Amanda pointed out, this would have meant it being very grey and not very interesting. Ceramic tiles were chosen as the right materials to use with the compromise being that the base be made using reclaimed stone from the park.
A community consultation was held at Darley Park to help Amanda come up with ideas for the design. Park users were asked to share their memories of, what they love about and what they do in Darley Park. An array of responses came back hence all of the different detail in the mosaic design.
Subsequently workshops took place at St Matthew’s Church, Quad and the Silk Mill for people to come and have a go at making the mosaic.
Finally the mosaic was unveiled in the Hydrangea Garden where it still stands today. The opening event was attending by the Mayor of Derby and Radio Derby.
The workshops were used to highlight the Darley Park Walled Garden and its historic importance and the National Hydrangea collection – the largest in Britain and third largest in the world.
Darley Park Walled Garden
Community Mosaic at Darley Park