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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-Penny, Gene Buban, Lorenzo Crockett, Sophia Othman, and Liberty Pierson. In this video Tom Arie Donch, team lead artist, talks about the project.
Production assistance by Tom Arie Donch, Melissa Berrios-Penny, Gene Buban, Lorenzo Crockett, Liberty Pierson, Omar Othman, Siram, and Wes Horn.
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.
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.
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.
Dragonflies have enchanted me all my life. Their iridescent wings, their magical flight patterns, jagged, powerful for such a small creature, and yet still elegant. They are formidable predators in the insect world, gorgeous yet deadly. They eat mosquitoes so they are an important part of the natural abatement for mosquitoes and other flying biting insects we don’t find very beautiful.
The greens grays and browns of this garden mosaic rock seat blend gently with a natural setting. The glass and iridescence add a touch of magic to the art piece. The pebbles add a grounding element to the mosaic’s design.
My first degree is in Geology, i have a lifelong love of rocks and the natural world. I chose to decorate a natural rock with a mosaic that is an ode to dragonflies and their iridescent beauty. I used glass tile in gentle green and gray and white colors, some with iridescence. I chose a design mimicking the layering of sedimentary rocks and how animal fossils end up petrified in rocks. The central green ceramic dragonfly was cut from a broken pottery plate i had been keeping to use in mosaic art. It has finally found a home as a utilitarian geological mosaic art piece. The rock serves as a soothing point of beauty in a garden and also as a small bench seat.
Mosaic Studio Tools
This rock weighed close to 200 pounds so i was able to work on it in my studio using a hydraulic heavy duty cart so. This way i could stand comfortably while i pieced the mosaic. A wet tile saw or ring saw is useful to make curved cuts in ceramic tile.
iridescent stained glass, vitreous glass, pebbles, shells, mirror, and small glass bead tesserae mimicking sedimentary rock layering.
A trio of walnut shaped concrete sculptures set along a bicycle path in the city of Davis, CA.