A Travelling Exhibition
The Medieval Mosaic is a re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry with extra scenes, created by Michael Linton using three million tiny pieces of steel cut from knitting machine patterning discs. In 1979 Michael began making the mosaic onto which he painted the entire Bayeux Tapestry. In 2001 father and daughter team Michael and Rachael Linton set about researching and redrawing the untold stories of 1066. Their 8m ‘Finale’ depicts events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day in 1066. A further 22m section which took eight years to complete, tells the stories of the Battle of Fulford and the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
The Medieval Mosaic is a complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It was created in three sections out of 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel. The tiny pieces of steel are the off-cuts from patterning disks used on an industrial knitting machine.
This labour of love has taken Michael 33 years to complete. It was started in 1979 and finally completed in 2012. The mosaic measures 64 metres (210 feet) and weight approximately 350 kilograms (770 lbs.)
Michael Linton was a textile technician by trade and between 1985 and 2016 was in business with his wife Gillian as a knitwear manufacturer. With the help of their son Steven, Michael has produced 2 puzzle books and has a big interest in all aspects of number theory. .. Read More
Rachael is a is a gilder, designer and artist and has held various exhibitions of her artwork throughout New Zealand and the UK. Rachael was educated at Massey University, Wellington, NZ. and holds a Masters in Visual Communication Design.
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In 1999, the Guinness Book of Records recognized “The Giant Jersey” shop in Geraldine, N.Z., as having the world’s largest jersey. The jersey was knitted by Michael and Gillian Linton as a centre piece for their shop. In 2012 The Medieval Mosaic was listed as the world’s longest steel mosaic by the Guinness Book of World Records. The world record is held jointly by Rachael and Michael Linton and was issued in 2012 after the mosaic was extended by 72 ft to a total length of 210 ft by the addition of the Battle of Fulford and the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
Hastings exhibition 2016
The Hastings Borough Council helped us to ship the Medieval Mosaic from New Zealand to the UK to be exhibited as part of the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We exhibited for three months in the Crypt Gallery of St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. This is a short promotional video that was made while the Medieval Mosaic was on display.
Made by Justin Lycett
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