Museum Mosaic


Don Wilson

Basil Benseman



  • Mural
  • Mosaic


  • Glass


  • H1800 x W6020mm

Don Wilson & Basil Benseman, 'Museum Mosaic' (1968), Whanganui Regional Museum

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021


"In 1968 the Whanganui Regional Museum underwent a major renovation project to extend the existing building to add the Māori court, a classroom, parking garage and the Davis Lecture Theatre, which included the mosaic mural to be placed on the exterior wall.

Don Wilson designed the mural, based on rock drawings, to be rendered in Italian glass tiles. Wilson worked with Basil Benseman who had the technical knowledge turn the design to reality. The mosaic took 10 months of painstaking work to complete and was finished in 1968."