Inspirational gardens to be home for Artwave mosaic

Image of Edi Mandala with his mosaic in Southover Grange Gardens
Carole Richmond, Brighton & Hove Buses, Jackie Blackwell, Andy Frost, LDC and Edi Mandala in Southover Grange Gardens

When Edi Jay Mandala set out creating a mosaic for this year’s Artwave Festival, he never dreamed that the gardens used for inspiration would one day be its home.

As Artist in Residence for Artwave, Edi wanted to create a mosaic that would celebrate the 24 years of the festival and reflect the diversity of mediums and styles of more than 500 artists.

He used Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes as an inspiration for the design of You Tree, only to discover on completion that his work will be displayed there.

Edi, also a bus driver with Brighton & Hove Bus Company who were headline sponsors of Artwave this year, said: “I visited the gardens with my family earlier this year and I could never have believed that I would have the honour of displaying my work permanently in this beautiful setting.

“I used the gardens as inspiration. There are some awesome “personality” trees there that possess grace and beauty, the dry river bed and flower beds with the landscaping are all superb.”

Edi, who spent three days working on his mosaic at The Depot Cinema in Lewes during the festival, explained his project did not start out as a tree but evolved as an accumulation of all his interests.

He concluded: “I’ve really enjoyed doing this project because it involves collaborating with partners that have encouraged my creativity in a supportive way as well as offering opportunities to interact with the public. I like to bring fine art qualities to mosaic design so I hope that the viewer will recognise symbols and references to those environmental influences when contemplating You Tree.”

You Tree mosaic will be installed in the Knot Gardens of Southover Grange in November.

Artwave Festival, managed and supported by Lewes District Council, was held from August 19 to September 3 with more than 500 artists taking part in a huge array of venues from private homes and galleries to open gardens and country pubs.