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Sunken mosaic to be unveiled
The mosaic has been built at Longleat's Sun Maze
A 40-foot square mosaic depicting a classic Greek myth is being unveiled to the public.

Artist Nathalie Kowalski, 33, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, has used more than 100,000 tiles in the artwork of Icarus.

It was put together by hand at her studio, before being transported to its new home Lord Bath's Longleat estate in Wiltshire.

The mosaic is the biggest project undertaken by Ms Kowalski, and believed to be one of the largest modern mosaics in the UK.

The sunken artwork, which uses 40 different colours, will be filled with water to symbolise Icarus's fatal plunge into the sea.

'Truly thrilling'

Ms Kowalski said: "Working on this project is a dream and a privilege for me.

"This is a huge project - physically, creatively and emotionally.

"To have created such a long-lasting piece of work that perhaps my grandchildren or even great grandchildren will visit in years to come is truly thrilling."

It features references to Icarus, his father Daedalus - the Cretan labyrinth he created and the bull-headed minotaur which patrolled its passages.

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