Michael Edmonds - The cross over the city

Michael Edmonds (1926-2014)

Polyester, brass and mosaic, relief panel

150 x 90 cm

1962

Methodist Modern Art Collection
EDM/1963

Michael Edmonds superimposes an upright cross, with a strong black horizontal, upon an array of 130 rectangular red blocks. The upright of the cross is made from a combination of a thin black strip at the top, narrow white border strips at the bottom with two rows of white and coloured mosaic squares. From a distance, it looks like an aerial photograph of traffic on a major road crossing a road or railway cutting, both passing through a rigidly uniform estate of urban housing blocks. The reflective gold, black, red, green, yellow and blue mosaic tesserae together with some areas of ‘gold-dust’ speckled on a dark surface at the top, give a precious feeling of sparkling richness to the relief.