Notts: Ambitious plans announced to create Robin Hood legend in mosaic

A Notts artist has announced plans to build two giant mosaics – one of Robin Hood and one of Maid Marian – together with a 40 metre high observation tower on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014, 8:56 am
An artist wants to create mosaics of Robin Hood and Maid Marian at Sherowod Forest visitors' centre
An artist wants to create mosaics of Robin Hood and Maid Marian at Sherowod Forest visitors' centre

Matthew Illsley will be launching a crowd-funding project in September to generate the income necessary to make the project a reality.

“The mosaics themselves will lie on the ground at the foot of the tower and ideally be 30m x 30m in size,” he said,

“They will be the first two in a series of eight which will eventually feature all the main characters from the legends of Robin Hood.”

“They will also be composed of patented vitreous enamel tiles which the public will be invited to purchase, and on which they will be able to have printed photos of their choosing.”

“The tiles will be robust enough to be walked on and are the intention is to create a new and unique participatory tourist attraction.”

“There will be six different sizes of tile available, with the smallest, measuring 10cm x 10cm, costing just £10.”

“The project will therefore, for the very first time, offer ordinary people an affordable chance to forever be part of our county’s folklore.”

“The funds from the tile sales will also be used to pay for the construction of the medieval-style observation tower, with a 360 -degree panorama.”

“The model for Marian’s image will be the winner of Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest 2015, whilst I will host an online competition to find a man to model as Robin.

“The funding drive will commence in September this year, as in October I have been invited by Notts County Council to attend a meeting with prospective construction companies with a view to integrating the tower and mosaics into the formal proposals for development of the new Sherwood visitors’ centre.”

Derek Higton, service director, for youth, families and cultural services, at the council, commented: “Matthew Illsley has contacted the council regarding his proposal.”

“As we look to secure a partner to develop a replacement Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre during the Autumn,”

“Matthew may wish to make contact with our potential partners so that he can discuss his proposal with them.”

“We understand that Matthew is not seeking public funding for his project.”

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