Tuffers and The Redditch Mosaics

Tuffers and The Redditch Mosaics

King of The Jungle at the Kingfisher Centre.

Not many people know this… some of the most significant public art in the West Midlands (and important modern art outside of a metropolitan area) is in the Kingfisher Centre in Redditch.

Next time you are having a cup of tea in the cafe outside Marks and Spencers take a look up and you will see the 12 panels that make up Eduardo Paolozzi’s Redditch mosaics. Commissioned in 1983 and opened by no other than HM Queen Elizabeth (and Sir William Rees-Mogg Chairman of The Arts Council at the time).

The reason I am so well informed about this particular piece of public art is that I recently covered The One Show ‘Arts’ correspondent Phil Tufnell’s visit to the centre. Tuffers spent the day in Redditch chatting to local experts and finding out about the mosaics while going up and down in a very wobbly cherry picker.

It is always interesting shooting stills around tv/ video productions and Tuffers is always great fun to photograph, although this more sober intellectual role is very different from the last time I had the pleasure of taking his picture at a ‘Daddy Dance Off’ competiton in The Bullring Centre, Birmingham .