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nsad bee mosaic

Norwich School of Art and Design bee mosaic

This castle and lion mosaic is in the entrance foyer of the Norwich School of Art and Design on St George's Street. It was presumably installed in 1899 when the building was constructed to house the Norwich Technical Institute. The 20 bees which surround the emblem seem to symbolise industriousness.

Krzsztof Fijalkowski, lecturer in Critical Studies at NSAD comments: "I often wonder if those bees don't also have other meanings, as well as the industriousness - perhaps they stand for a collective rather than individual endeavour, too, and maybe even a model of a society in which all workers are equal..."

Norwich School of Art and Design floor mosaic

Norwich School of Art and Design mosaic emblem

The perspective used in the castle design is very striking, particularly set against a rich red background. There are some similarities with the Castle Museum mosaic.

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