dr martens lookbook Mosaic artist Mark Kennedy puts the boot into some Manchester icons
Mosaic artist Mark Kennedy puts the boot into some Manchester iconsA host of Manchester icons form part of the latest work from acclaimed mosaic artist Mark Kennedy.16:13, 1 AUG 2012Updated20:04, 10 JAN 2013
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A host of Manchester icons form part of the latest work from acclaimed mosaic artist Mark Kennedy.
The Diary got a sneak preview of the huge mosaic that is to go on display at the new Dr Marten’s Store on Market Street which opens tomorrow.
And Mark has managed to shoehorn into a pair of classic Dr Marten boots a whole host of Manchester’s celebrated icons.
There’s also late, great Factory Records legend Tony Wilson, comedians Frank Sidebottom and Les Dawson, politicos Karl Marx and David Lloyd George and Manchester United legend George Best. Meanwhile Man City is also reflected in a flash of the club emblem.
There’s a black and white image of computing hero Alan Turing and a face from one of LS Lowry’s most famous paintings.
There’s also a clever nod to Joy Division in the soles of the DM boots created to look like the famous Peter Saville designed cover to Unknown Pleasures.
The mosaic is completed with the addition of one of the more modern day icons of Manchester Ramsbottom supermodel Agyness Deyn.
famed for his mosaics on Afflecks Palace, tells me he was particularly keen to use historical figures in the new work, as well as nods to pop culture, to celebrate the DM brand first launched in 1960.
He said: “I didn’t want to go down the tired route of Madchester, I wanted this to be more Manchester through the ages. But I think it’s fantastic that Dr
Martens wanted to celebrate local people and local talent in their new store.”
Mark has also created a special stop animation video of the whole process of creating the new work, which took him a month at his Northern Quarter studio.
Mark was proudly wearing a pair of brogue style DM s as he unveiled his mosaic, and laughs: “I’d call my own style classic British. I like a nice suit, a nice pair of brogues and I’ve always worn a flat cap. In fact,
I seem to wear what a lot of the kids have now taken to wearing in the Northern Quarter which is a shame really.”