|Tim Mills' installation '30 Plymouths'|
at the Mayflower West Car Park
|Use of historic photographs showing|
how Union Street used to look
The budget for this work was always going to be small and only sufficient to cover material costs, but as a founder of Bideford Bay Creatives with the opportunity to make a large piece of art for the town that I’m living in I was happy to proceed under these restrictive conditions which define the finished work. I decided to use Truprint to print the images because I’ve been very impressed with the quality of image in both colour accuracy and longevity in the past. Truprint was used in 2012 for my ‘Postcard from Manteo’ Open Studio where images were glued to the risers and varnished – these images are still there and look as good as when they were first installed. Also Truprint is very cheap, approximately 5p for a 6x4 inch print – my intention was to get two images 3x4 inch on each print making them 2.5p each. My reason for such small prints, a size too small for any commercial printer to offer, was to achieve a truer representation of the original image through the photomosaic. Essentially, a photomosaic gets progressively easier to read as the number of images increases. However, the cost of the printing was small in comparison to the glue needed to fix the prints to the window surface; and this was compounded by the condition that the artwork needed to be temporary rather than permanent.
|Making the arch for the middle section of the Photomosaic|