Inspired by the iconic mosaics located in the creative hub of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, PUMA launch the Manchester City 20/21 home shirt, and it’s set to debut in the FA Cup semi-final match against Arsenal this Saturday.
Manchester is filled with art, industry, football, music, fashion, noise, and colour, and the mosaics displayed in the city are a celebration of this diverse culture. Mosaics have been an important part of Manchester City’s history, stretching back almost 100 years to when the original City mosaic first adorned the gates of the Maine Road Stadium. And now, the mosaic tradition continues with many club legends being immortalised as mosaic artworks at the City Football Academy, inspiring the next generation of players.
So PUMA have gone straight to the beating heart of this vibrant city for inspiration for the latest Manchester City home shirt, a mosaic pattern in classic City blue and white, with navy trim featuring in the design. Mark Kennedy, the artist behind the mosaics of Manchester’s Northern Quarter as well as the player artworks at the City Football Academy said, “When I began my journey as an artist, the Northern Quarter was a derelict area that I looked at and wanted to build up. I began creating Manchester icons using ceramic plates and tiles, integrating my own artistic style. My family and I have always been huge City fans, so I created artwork of the players too. Over time I was commissioned to create artwork for the club and the city of Manchester, so I feel very privileged to see PUMA use my art as inspiration for the new City Home jersey.”