Grant Lehmann and Steve Andrews
GRANT LEHMANN — SCULPTOR AND ARTIST
I’ve known Steve and Brenda (owners of Central Jewellers) for quite a few years — since our motorcycling days.
We decided on a floral design for the entry-way floor mosaic because Toowoomba is well-known for the Carnival of Flowers. I looked at images, and botanical drawings for reference. The final design is halfway between an art and botanical piece.
It wasn’t an issue to have to draw a design as planning sculptures starts with sketching.
We started with small sketches, then enlarged the design. We project the design towards a large piece of paper on a wall and trace it to enlarge the design.
Then I transferred the design to a sheet of glass — you have to do the design as a mirror image when transferring to the glass, so that you can see the final tiled design through the glass correctly.
Steve and Brenda did the manual labour — laying the mosaics took hundreds of hours.
You don’t see things like complicated mosaics in Toowoomba every day, so we wanted to do something different. I love it when Toowoomba does artwork like this. It’s another little piece in the jigsaw to making it a more
STEVE ANDREWS — OWNER OF CENTRAL JEWELLERS
Grant and I have been mates for years. He’s done sculpting for movies, animatronics, and more, so he drew up the artwork. It’s a big mosaic — about two metres across — and had to fit through our shop door for us to lay it in the doorway. So we made it in five pieces, but you wouldn’t know to look at it now.
SEE THIS BREATHTAKING MOSAIC IN PERSON BY VISITING CENTRAL JEWELLERS AT 10 DUGGAN ST.