The massive mosaic by SA artist Clive van der Berg that adorns Nando’s in London has won the 2012 Mosaic of the Year Award from the British Association of Modern Mosaic.
Part of the restaurant chain’s extensive art collection, the 3m x 18m mosaic was designed by Clive van der Berg and created with top students from South Africa’s Spier Architectural Arts studio– a specialist team that administers a three-year mosaic academy course in Cape Town. The course sponsors promising artists to train in the specialised art of mosaic, and provides opportunities to work alongside influential artists and showcase their work at acclaimed museums and galleries or, as in this instance, in a high traffic public space.
Due to the large scale of the mosaic, it was transported to the Nando’s Kings Cross restaurant in sections and re-built panel-by-panel by a team of the world’s leading mosaic experts.
The piece is the largest to be commissioned by Nando’s, and is an important addition to the brand’s already extensive collection of South African art. With rare and specially commissioned pieces across all 243 UK restaurants, local and international visitors have access to a wealth of original South African artwork every time they visit their local peri-peri chicken hangout.