I haven’t contributed to this because I have so little to contribute. Uxbridge doesn’t have public art. We used to have three lovely mosaics on the wall across from the Mumford dam, but sometime between last Thursday and this past Monday, they (whoever “they” are) removed them. The entire wall with mosaics. A new, low wall is where the old tall wall (and mosaics) had been.
I’m hoping they removed them because they needed to be repaired and (hopefully!) will be placed in one of our museums. There is a museum at Riverbend — the red barn is a museum — and the one they will create from the old church they are restoring.
After more than 150 years of being outside, pelted by rain, wind, sleet ,and snow, those mosaics surely needed at least new grouting and a good polishing.
Meanwhile, work on the old church is moving along much faster than anyone expected. Both sides of the church have been scraped clean and properly painted. The stained glass windows have been polished and sealed. The top half of the steeple is gleaming. What remains (other than internal restoration) is the front of the church including its doors and windows.
I didn’t expect the work to go this fast. I guess they are hoping to have it ready to stand on its own before winter comes — whenever that turns out to be.
Garry is worried the mosaics were not saved. I think they were. I know in Israel, when they found old mosaics, they’d leave them open for viewing for a few weeks then remove them, repair them, polish them and put them in a museum. Sometimes, they built a museum just to house something special. The removal was like this: VERY tidy. When we were there on Monday, I was standing there and I realized I could see the river. I had never been able to see the river from that place because… Wait a minute. Where’s the wall? Whoa!
I saw no signs of breakage or collapse so I’m optimistic. I hope I’m optimistically right!