Sophia Othman

Mosaic art & Concrete Sculpture

Posts from the ‘Concrete Sculpture’ category

The Fairy Garden Mosaic rock sculpture installed in the memorial garden

Joy was a beloved teacher at this school in Napa.  Students and staff honored her with a work of garden art to honor her fascination with fairy imagery and her love of gardens.  

In progress handmade ceramic tile for the memorial mosaic
A sweet memorial mosaic for a beloved teacher
In progress memorial mosaic concrete sculpture rock
The mosaic memorial rock sculpture in the studio ready to transport to the installation site.
In progress rock concrete sculpture
My dog Jasmine is part of the studio production team
Handmade ceramic tile ready to be glazed.
colorful glass mosaic mandala on green concrete bench shaped like a peacock feather with handmade ceramic tile by bay area mosaic artist sophia othman
Peacock Concrete Benches in dappled light - a place to sit and find serenity

Peacock Feather Mosaic Concrete Benches – public art sculpture installed at the SolTrans transportation centet in Vallejo, CA.  Featuring mandala mosaic peacock feather motif using handmade ceramic tile.

pair of concrete mosaic benches shaped as peacock feathers appear to float by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
The feather concrete benches appear to float.

The visual design was inspired by metal filigree grates at the sculpture site.  There are four pink blooming Crepe Myrtle trees set in a square with peacock feather design filigree metal grates at their bases. You can see the metal grates in the background of the pics.  

The conceptual design themes invokes in this sculpture are:  stillness, movement, serenity from beauty, and compassion.  The feather benches appear to float and inspire us to move gracefully through our day. 

detail of concrete mosaic bench shaped as peacock feathers with dog sitting on them by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

Design Development – When coming up with a sculpture idea for the site, a pair of benches seemed ideal for this tranquil verdant spot.  A bench would allow travelers to have a brief moment of serenity and stillness to commune with nature and beauty.  A moment seated on the benches allows a nourishing pause in the bustle of daily bus travel. 

colorful glass mosaic mandala on green concrete bench shaped like a peacock feather with handmade ceramic tile by bay area mosaic artist sophia othman

Design Concepts – Stillness & Beauty.  The mosaic design of a colorful tile mandala adds beauty to the bench and again invokes the idea of stillness in a visual form – mandalas are visual tools to focus meditation.  The mosaic mandala uses handmade ceramic tile. 

green peacock feather mosaic concrete bench detail

Design Concept – Compassion & Beauty.  Peacocks are the national bird of India and are associated with beauty and compassion.  Peacocks are associated with Kwan Yin, goddess of compassion in China, Tibet, and Japan.  

man sitting on on concrete bench shaped like a peacock feather with handmade ceramic tile colorful glass mosaic mandala on concrete bench shaped like a peacock feather with handmade ceramic tile by bay area mosaic artist sophia othman by bay area mosaic artist sophia othman
The Thinker -sitting on peacock feather concrete bench

I chose the placement of the benches so two people can sit opposite each other and both get up at the same time without bumping into each other and to allow easy access by wheelchair.  The inner curves of the feather concrete benches face each other to encourage people to sit and converse companionably.

pair of concrete mosaic benches shaped as peacock feathers with dog sitting on them by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

My peacock feather benches were part of the SolTrans Diversity Sculpture Project.  Several other sculptures were cooperatively built and installed by a team of ethnically diverse artists. The artists who participated in this project were:  Tom Arie Donch (lead artist), Kahalla Bandy-Pasibe, Melissa Berrios-PennyGene Buban, Lorenzo Crockett,  Sophia Othman, and Liberty Pierson.  In this video Tom Arie Donch, team lead artist, talks about the project.

detail of concrete mosaic bench shaped as peacock feathers with dog sitting on them by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
Inspecting the installation.

Production assistance by Tom Arie Donch, Melissa Berrios-Penny, Gene Buban, Lorenzo Crockett, Liberty Pierson, Omar Othman, Siram, and Wes Horn.

detail of concrete mosaic bench shaped as peacock feathers with dog sitting on them by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist

Last but not least – credit to my Art Studio Dog, Jasmine, CMO – Chief Morale Officer – she brings joy to everything.  Here modeling the use of the mosaic concrete benches as a playground feature. 

cast concrete fossils pebbles and glass gems mosaic by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist sculptor
Playground Water Feature by Tom Arie Donch. Mosaic by Sophia Othman

This mosaic was done as a collaboration with Tom Arie Donch for one of his playground structures.  The mosaic is an interactive feature – it is covered with sand and children can dig the sand away to discover fossils, shiny glass gems, and pebbles.  

Right side of the very long mosaic begins with a spiral of blue glass with starfish at its center
Middle portion of the very long mosaic with more concrete fossils
Left end of the very long mosaic with scallop and ammonite concrete fossils

The water feature has a gentle slope allowing water to flow from the top right down through sand and mosaic treasure and flow off the sculpture on the far left side.  

Highest part of the mosaic where the water flows out from under the concrete starfish fossil