1066 - A MEDIEVAL MOSAIC
Painted on a canvas of 3,000,000 pieces of steel. 64 metres (210 foot) long and weighs 438 kg (966 pounds).
1066 A Medieval Mosaic is the longest steel mosaic in the World, it is both a complete re-creation of the Bayeux tapestry and a recreation of the missing panels researched and designed by father and daughter team, Michael and Rachael Linton. This 33 year artistic odyssey and has resulted in a truly unique New Zealand Masterpiece. The artwork has been on display in Geraldine, New Zealand since September 2001 and will soon set sail for tour around the UK kicking off during the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016.
Art by Michael Linton
Design by Rachael Linton
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Michael Linton embarked on painting a complete replica of the Bayeux tapestry on a mosaic of steel, A determined and dedicated 20 years later, finished it.
33.8 m long and weighed 230 kg
Rachael drawing up the final working illustration of the Battle of Fulford and Stamford Bridge section on a 22m long roll of paper. 2009
Michael and Rachael discussing the design details. Accurately depicting the life and times of the 11th Century events was of paramount importance to these meticulous historians.
Planning, liaising, coming up with and refining ideas.
The rare and forgotten stories were drawn from both written and visual manuscripts of the era. Freeman, Stenton, Edgar Taylor, Snorri Sturlson, John Murray, David Wilson and more.
Rachael flicking through mountains of drawings
The final 22m long illustration finished. Prepared as the design for Michael to get to work on translating the drawing onto the metal mosaic.
Painting each colour one at a time with enamel paint.
The final 22m long illustration finished. Prepared as the design for Michael to get to work on translating the drawing onto the metal mosaic.3
Michael has three Guinness world records. This is the second one.
For the worlds longest steel mosaic - 2005
The opening evening, revealing The Finale section. 2005
2001 - 2005
The 'Finale' section depicting events of the Crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas day 1066.
The finale measures
8m long and 60 kg
2005 - 2012
Battles of Fulford Gate & Stamford Bridge
22 m long and 160 kg
Total 64m long and 450 kg
Michael and Rachael spent 8 years accurately researching historical and
contemporary literature on every aspect of 11th century history in order to draw a truthful depiction of
the events preceding the Norman Conquest of England. This has led to Michael Linton becoming one of the worlds most educated historians on 11th Century Medival History. Rachael researched
the design style to match the Bayeux tapestry and studdied the illuminated manuscrips and iconography of the time. Michael researched the written stories and documentation of medieval records.
As a period piece it was important that the extension depict the people, events and culture accurately, while maintaining the appropriate artistic style, colour and composition of the original tapestry.
Whilst Rachael meticulously designed the artwork, it was Michael’s task to prepare the 22
metre section of 1,000,000 steel pieces on which the Mosaic was to be painted. Michael finally
critiqued the design, painted the canvas, mounted and framed it for public viewing. Perhaps the
crowning achievement of the extension is that only an expert can tell where the original artwork
ends and the new one begins.
The Battle of Fulford Gate
Harald Hardrada, King of Norway, arrived in England on the 8th September 1066 and made his
way from Riccal up to York. On the outskirts of York, Hardrada was confronted by the Earls
of Northumberland and their armies. The Battle of Fulford Gate ensued and Hardrada emerged
The Battle of Stamford Bridge
Having heard of the Norwegian landing, King Harold led a forced march from London to York,
arriving in York in a matter of days. The Norwegian army was taken completely by surprise
and after the Battle of Stamford Bridge the remnants of Hardradas’s army departed the English
Michael’s Medieval Mosaic has been on display in Geraldine, New Zealand since October 2001.
Michael gives daily talks on the construction and history of the Mosaic, which has become an
increasingly popular destination for tour groups and school visits as well as for visitors from all
over the world. The complete mosaic is painted on a canvas of 3,000,000 pieces of steel; it is
64 metres long and weighs 438 kg. The new Stamford Bridge section provides the story with its
long awaited conclusion and gives the piece an added importance that it truly deserves.
To supplement the Mosaic, Michael’s extensive research has been compiled into an interactive
DVD-ROM that describes the full original artwork and its meaning. It contains a wealth of
information including full-text books, genealogy, heraldry, castles, weapons, tartans, humorous
verse, talking books, maps, astronomy, Latin text and Brass rubbings as well as Michael’s
Magic Cube and Tri-Alphametic Puzzles.
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