Weston’s Grand Pier was the subject of a mosaic specially commissioned by the BBC to adorn the walls of a family home in Weston, renovated by the DIY SOS team in the latest series of the BBC One favourite.
The mosaic reflects the passion for the pier of the Sweet family whose house underwent a major overhaul and extension as part of the show, and was created by Lancashire based contemporary mosaic artist David O’Brien. “David was asked to make a mosaic of the iconic pier at Weston Super Mare’s beach and travelled a 400-mile round trip to deliver and install the mosaic,” reported The Liverpool Echo.
“The producers of the show asked David to finish the mosaic in front of the TV cameras and he was interviewed while completing his piece of art.”
O’Brien is no stranger to TV appearances, recently featuring on the Home Is Where The Art Is also hosted by Nick Knowles, and seaside landmarks feature in many of his previous works.
Referencing the “iconic buildings” of the British seaside, O’Brien’s back catalogue includes a depiction of Brighton Pier with two deckchairs in the foreground, a composition recreated for the Sweet’s Weston Pier mosaic.