Sophia Othman

Mosaic art & Concrete Sculpture

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 Feather Sculpture
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. 

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