Grant Lehmann and Steve An­drews

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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

artis­tic place.

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.

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