Medieval Plymouth

Medieval Plymouth

A large ceramic mural inspired by medieval maps of Plymouth, highlighting its agricultural and naval heritage. The mural was created by Philippa Threlfall and Kennedy Collings.

Artist: Philippa Threlfall and Kennedy Collings
Category: Permanent
Date: January 2007 to present
Location: View on our Public Art Map (desktop and tablet; requires Google sign-in) Find the location on a mobile
Commissioner: Laing Development Company

Project Description

The artists took inspiration for the mural from medieval maps, particularly the Henry Vlll maps of Plymouth now held in the British Museum.

The mural is made up of varying sizes and textures of ceramic tiles in a mosaic design which highlights Plymouth’s agricultural and naval heritage. The differing glazes and patterns woven into the design represent the rich detail and description on the original maps.

The work was initially unveiled by HRH Princess Anne in an underpass on the Drakes Circus site; but relocated in 2007 when the area was redeveloped into a new shopping centre.

About the Artists

Philippa Threlfall has been making relief murals since the 1960’s in collaboration with her husband Kennedy Collings; together they have completed over 100 major works across the United Kingdom and overseas.

They work with terracotta ceramic and a variety of stone, pebbles, slate that add richness to the surface texture. This combination of tactile qualities and accessible subject matter has made their work so popular for both public and private commissions.

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