A trio of walnut shaped concrete sculptures set along a bicycle path in the city of Davis, CA.
Astoundingly high quality mosaic mural by elementary school students! Mosaic mural was designed, facilitated, and installed by me ( Sophia Othman of Moonfish Artworks) with some volunteer help from community members. It was pieced by grade schoolers and their families, teachers, and the Principal too!! here is a link to the TV spot about it and the newspaper article too:
The Channel 5 News Story in the Cool School segment
The front page local newspaper story, in the Vallejo Times Herald, about the school mosaic mural.
The designs i printed out for the project were laid out on my workshop floor to figure out how the whole design would work and be able to hold so many individual mosaics (we ended up with 75 animal mosaics). i picked a marine animals theme for the mural to resonate with the existing painted mural art at the school. i chose creatures that are native to this area, in the San Francisco Bay and the Napa River, both swimmers and flying animals. The mermaid seahorses, and flying fish were necessary to add Magic, of course.
The design paper prints were used as a guide for piecing the mosaics when i (and four volunteer helpers of my own) facilitated the mosaic making event for the 60+ families that participated in piecing the mosaics. We had at least 140 people there in one large auditorium because each student had to be there with at least one adult family member. We had many families show up with 3 or 4 family members collaborating on piecing their small animal design that would eventually fit into the overall design for the mural.
For the 2014 Vallejo Open Studios I hosted an actual open studio and invited the public to help piece the words for the mosaic mural border. We produced 72 square feet of border mosaic for the Grace Patterson elementary school mosaic mural. Whew! What a day!
More photos of the completed mural.
This mosaic mural was completed June 6th, 2014, with enormous amounts of volunteer help from community residents, students at the middle school, and staff and their family members. A profound thanks to all who contributed to the co-creation of this mosaic mural. The students will be able to see their beautiful individual and epic group work for decades to come.
Volunteers helped complete the work to install the enormous and gorgeous mosaic mural pieced by students at Hogan Middle School, in Vallejo, CA. This is a community-built piece that was designed with the school staff to provide hands-on art education and experience for the students in this school which has no visual arts program. The mural is on an outside wall facing the street and will beautify and inspire for decades to come.
Mosaic mural location is Hogan Middle School auditorium entrance at 850 Rosewood Drive, Vallejo, Ca. (510) 415-3916 call or text to let me know which shift you can make.
In April of 2013 I worked with staff and students of Vallejo’s Hogan Middle School during two weeks of Spring Break to put co-create this beautiful and inspiring mosaic mural.
Title: Hogan School Community Mosaic Mural
Dimensions: 6 foot x 17 foot
Media: Public mosaic mural using glass, ceramic tile, mirror, stone. A group mosaic created by dozens of participants, youth and adults, working in short sessions over a period of a month.
Content: The mosaic spells out the school’s motto, Knowledge Is Power, which was chosen as the theme for the mural by the school staff involved in the project. A large portion of the tesserae (mosaic pieces) used for this piece came from donations from the community. The design element of shooting stars is to invite students to shine.
Custom glass mosaic Commission: art countertops for two cabinets in an outdoor kitchen/grill area in Los Gatos.
My clients were celebrating their 20 year anniversary and we got the mosaic done in time for the party.
28 square feet of mosaic made especially to fit this outdoor eating/lounging living space. The theme for the design was to reflect the idea of water and sunshine, to tie in with the creek that runs through this living space, and connect to the vibrant blues of the indoor kitchen which is on the other side of the windows seen here. We included vibrant shades of blue/turquoise, greens, and copper and gold accents to complement the cool colors.
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