czwartek, 7 lutego 2013


I was encouraged to read today the words of Patricia Martin, founder of Litlamp, who predicts a rise in the relevance of Art and Technology, and their closer integration.  The starving artist is a tired concept. Expect a renaissance in the role artists play in what we see—everywhere, everyday.  Who’s your artist? Oops, your company doesn’t have one?  Dude . . . art and technology have been courting for a decade or so, but the demand for interactive graphics means increased economic value for artists, especially graphic artists.  The influence of art can also be felt in game designs.”  And also the words of Hilary Jay, Founding Director of DesignPhiladelphia:  “Design, coupled with a true understanding of the power that design has over our everyday lives, is emerging as a critical strategic component of American success.”

Adrain Fisher

Illustration:  Adrian Fisher's 7 x 7 ft Tiling Mural in his 1997 one-man art show at the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.  The piece is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum.

poniedziałek, 4 lutego 2013

Washington Spy Museum

It's great that ARGO is capturing the imagination of the filmgoing world.  During the master planning for the Washington Spy Museum, I spent a day in a boardroom with various experts on espionage including Antonio Mendes, who was the real-life hero of this film.  He told me not just of that mission to rescue the Canadians from Tehran, but also of the "Moscow Rules" which he developed to help spies survive in Moscow during the Cold War.  I have his book  "The Master of Disguise" - a fascinating read!  Today, the Washington Spy Museum is an outstanding success, in bringing the issues of espionage to the public in an intriguing and effective way.  My literary agent, Peter Knight, who was attached to Bletchley Park during the Second World War, says that if I had been of that generation, I would have been snapped up too. 

Adrian Fisher

poniedziałek, 21 stycznia 2013

George Jackson Mosaic

The Installation of the George Jackson Mosaic, SciTec Building, Oundle School, Northamptonshire

Adrian Fisher's innovative 7.32 metre (24 foot) high mosaic within the SciTec Building of Oundle School, Northamptonshire was unveiled on 19th June 2010. The vigorous mosaic design celebrates the wonders of science, from astrophysics to the molecular scale, and ranging from engineering to medicine.

The mosaic is a personal tribute to the career of former pupil, George Jackson, whose distinguished career included the design of nuclear power stations and the Channel Tunnel.

This mosaic of 9,104 tesserae uses Adrian's patented Mitre Mosaic System, which involves 3 principal shapes, allows infinite patterns to be created without fault lines, and yet resolves to straight edges without cutting.  For this particular mosaic commission, Adrian worked with graphic artist Nigel Searle to develop and create this iconic image.

The sequence of photos shows how we installed the mosaic.  The mosaic was made in 6 sections of 1220 x 1220 mm panels, with irregular tiles facing up and down to interlock perfectly with the panels above and below.  In this way, you cannot see the joints at all.


Adrian Fisher