It was great to be invited back to Tapas Revolution Bath to see the unveiling of the bespoke hand-painted mural. In June last year, when I was there for the Press Preview of the restaurant, Omar Allibhoy told us that he had collaborated with renowned tile artist Antonio Lastrucci and Estrella Galicia, to create a special mural for this restaurant.
Omar talked about it so passionately that I was very excited and intrigued to see the mural in person.
As mentioned in my previous Tapas Revolution post, this restaurant is all about giving you the traditional, authentic experience of Spanish cuisine. With the addition of this beautiful hand-painted tiled wall you get a really sense and feel of Spanish history and tradition.
“Inspired by historic Spanish tile art tradition – this special mural will be the first of its kind in the UK”
Inspired by Estrella Galicia and Tapas Revolution
Artist and Author: Antonio Moreno Lastrucci, Cerámica Lastrucci.
Designed and painted by hand following the Sevilliano ceramic tradition in Seville, 2017.
How long did it take to create?
It took Lastrucci (based in Seville and one of the few remaining tile artists in Spain) over six months to hand-paint the tile mural.
This large traditional piece of art is over four meters wide and three meters tall.
What’s the inspiration?
The inspiration is from Estrella Galicia – a family owned Spanish brewery – and the history and craft behind making the beer.
Omar told us the brewery still looks exactly the same today and is definitely worth a visit.
Origins of Hand-painted Tile Art in Spain
Spanish tile art dates back thousands of years and in medieval times artisan tile murals were often found in palaces and churches throughout Spain.
“I’m really excited to unveil this amazing piece of art in Tapas Revolution Bath. Tile art has a fascinating history in Spain dating back thousands of years and it is important to me to bring a flavour of this to my restaurant in Bath”
Omar Allibhoy, Chef & Founder.
Omar explained that each decorative element has its own symbolic meaning. For example, the boarder contains scallop shells that are the symbol of Galician and its sea. The base of the image represents the fountain that provides the pure spring water used in the production of Estrella Galicia and is the base of the product’s quality. The spring water used is a symbol of purity and freshness and bunches of hops and barley along the bottom of the mural symbolise nature and its fertility. The overall symbolic meaning behind this mural is the celebration of sea, land and it’s natural fertility.
The symbolic connotations in this traditional Spanish art links to Baths historical significance with natural spring water.
The symbol of a star is often referred to as oldest guild emblem of brewers.
“the very best of Spanish food to the people of Bath, from traditional tapas to modern cuisine. The contemporary tapas bar offers dishes cooked with the finest ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, all freshly prepared.”
Omar wants this traditional mural to be a must-see in Bath – especially as it is the ONLY hand-painted Spanish mural in the UK! People can come into the restaurant to see it, whether they are eating or just passing by. It’s definitely worth a look!
I’d definitely recommend if you are walking in Southgate, pop by, sit at the bar drinking a glass or two of Spanish beer, eating a plate of tapas (or two) and take in this Spanish tiled master piece.
Thank you to Neil Reading PR and Omar Allibhoy for the invitation to see the unveiling of this beautiful piece of traditional Spanish art, along with the delicious tapas dishes and Estrella Galicia beer. Great evening!
Tapas Revolution Bath: http://www.tapasrevolution.com/bath/
20A St Lawrence Street, Southgate Bath, Bath, BA1 1AN
P: 01225 312 917