2011 Thames to Tama

Thames to Tama, mixed media

For the Thames to Tama project Lee Baker created five murals depicting the journey of William Adams, following him from his humble beginnings in the Thames Gateway, to work in the navy with Sir Francis Drake, becoming an honoured Samurai in Japan and the first Briton ever to set foot in that country. The artwork was made with 4664 self-portraits by students from 25 Southend schools. The titleThames to Tama refers to the two rivers – the Thames in London and the River Tama which feeds Tokyo. The costume, created by Holly Murray, is the melding of traditional Japanese farmers patched workwear and 16th english clothing.