The Piedmont High School graduating class of 2020 wanted to leave a positive mark of hope and beauty. The design theme we developed for the project was of a swarm of huge glass mosaic butterflies flying off into the future.
The students are all graduated and on to new wonderful endeavors. They wanted the mosaic mural to represent transformation and evolution through the time of COVID19 and a brutal wild fire season in California. So positive transformation out of calamitous change was a fitting healing design theme for responding to the fires as well.
full scale print drawing of butterfly mosaic mural elements by sophia othman bay area mosaic artist
The mural will be installed on it’s concrete wall in March, 2022. Here are images of the mosaic making process. My dog, Jasmine, enjoys modeling for me. Here she is a butterfly dog.
Here is how it all begins with a printed full scale design on paper. Here are a few pics of the process of making mosaics – the mosaic mural is entirely pieced in the studio before installation.
Here the entire mosaic mural is sectioned up into small sections like a puzzle for transport to the installation site. I have 2 sections side by side and another layer on top for each wood board. The wood protects the glass pieces from bending and breaking during transport to the mosaic mural installation site.