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Mural by Zoe Power on brick at Tower Works, Leeds
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Check out this new public artwork in Leeds’ South Bank

Journal 7 Dec 2023

Have you seen this new public artwork by Zoë Power in Leeds’ South Bank?

Co-presented by The Tetley and Legal & General, A Common Thread was chosen from four proposals following an open call for submissions.

Unveiled in October 2023, Power’s 300 metre square mural incorporates cogs from factory machines and patterns from woollen weaves, nodding to Leeds’ industrial past and referencing the site’s previous use as a wool comb factory.

Amongst the cogs, clouds and patterns, a thread entwines two figures, representing connection and hope, merging the past with the present.

Brightly coloured mural with a figure entwined with cogs
Zoë Power, A Common Thread, 2023. Commissioned by The Tetley and Legal & General. Photo: Jules Lister

The artist said:

‘I wanted to merge the past and present, referencing the rich history of the site whilst also creating an artwork that felt modern and that leaves room for interpretation.

When researching the local wool factories I was amazed to see that a huge proportion of the workforce was female. We often associate industry, machinery and the economy with men, which does not reflect the true history of the textile industry here. I felt it was important to celebrate women’s role within the history of the site.’

Brightly coloured mural with a figure entwined with cogs
Zoë Power, A Common Thread, 2023. Commissioned by The Tetley and Legal & General. Photo: Jules Lister

Find the mural at:

Tower Works
Wharf Approach, Holbeck
Leeds LS1 4EY