Mosaic Sculpture Art

 

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“I Am Here”  – Irit Levy

 Mainly art on Flickr

 

Mosaic dynamics

 

This statement by Krishnamurti reminds me of the innate dynamic in mosaic art – “A mind which is seeking permanency soon stagnates; like that pool along the river, it is soon full of corruption, decay. Only the mind which has no walls, no foothold, no barrier, no resting place, which is moving completely with life, timelessly pushing on, exploring, exploding – only such a mind can be happy, eternally new, because it is creative in itself.”
By its very nature, mosaic art is particularly dynamic because of its fragmentation. This creates an eternal seeking of completion, through the potential motion of merging with the surrounding tesserae (mosaic tiles), to present a more perfected whole. A complex array of dissociation in flux and tension.The patterns and textures in the tesserae, combined with visual flow and direction within a mosaic, produced by the placement of rows and colours, tend to support this. In mosaics this is known as andamento – the movement or flow of tesserae , which is often accentuated by the interstices.
Ancient classical mosaics were created with natural stones and pebbles. Around 200BC specially manufactured pieces from ceramics and glass began to be used to give extra detail and range of color to the mosaic works. The versatility and robust quality of mosaics makes them suitable for application on virtually any space. Murals, floors, statues, arches, mirrors, splash backs and entry statements have all featured prominently through history with their longevity in evidence. The superb quality of the ancient mosaic art is because it was a popular symbol of wealth and prestige in both public and private buildings. Whole interiors were done in mosaics and it was hard not to notice this art when it was laid out on the floor in front of you.
This article presents mosaics in both 3d and 2d, mostly public art, chosen for their dynamic nature and movement.

 

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This mosaic wall art was created by Canadian Denyse Terio with sea glass

Sea glass is a material that can be found on beaches around the world and is essentially small portions of glass that have been polished by the currents into small gems.

 

 

 

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‘Movement and Vitality’ floor mosaic for the recreation centre of the University of Iowa by Gary Drostle

 

 

 

1st-century-BC-- Wall mosaic displaying the role of the Egyptian culture in Italy, in particular in Palestrina, where the goddess Isis was identified with Fortuna.

 This mosaic displays the role of the Egyptian culture in Italy, in particular in Palestrina, where the goddess Isis was identified with Fortuna.

1st century BC,  Palestrina, Itlay

 

 

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Early Byzantine mosaic art – Empress Theodora With Her Court.

 ca. 547 – Ravenna. San Vitale
Italy

 

 

Romantic scene from a mosaic in Villa at Centocelle, Rome, 20 BC – 20 AD (Wikimedia Commons)

Romantic scene from a mosaic in Villa at Centocelle, Rome

20 BC – 20 AD

(Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

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Abstract Ram Sculpture Clad In Miniature Glass Mosaic

USA, Circa 1970s

Assemblage Ltd.- 1stdibs

 

 

 

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Lion Head sculpture – The Erawan Museum on the south eastern outskirts of Bangkok

Aidan McRae Thomson – flickr

 

 

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Mosaic totem – “Entwined Histories’ – Gary Drostle

This sculpture was designed to celebrate the many immigrant communities that settled in the Poplar area of East London.

 

 

 

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Green Mosaic Cat

Gillm-mosaics – flickr

 

 

 

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Mosaic Cube – Anja Berkers

 The inspiration for this mosaic is the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his use of color and organic forms.

40cm x 40cm

 

 

 

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Mosaic Rooster

Italy—Roma, quartiere (borough) Coppedé

 

 

 

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‘Jelly Brollys’ 

Carol –  flickr

 

 

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‘Winter Fury’ — Lynn Bevino Felts

Bezalel Mosaics

 

 

 

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‘The Departure’ – Wilhelm Heeson

Almelo Railway Station, NL

 

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Modernist Mid Century mosaic at Almelo Station by Piet Buy

 

 

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Ceramic and Mosaic Decoration on a Fountain in Arles, France

photo – jan buchholtz-flickr

 

 

 

 

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Niki De Saint Phalle Mosaic Sculpture

Park Avenue NY

 

 

 

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Romero Brito Pernambuco mosaic – Rio de Janeiro

Girl from Ipanema Park

 

 

 

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‘Supernova’ – Anja Berkers

 

 

 

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With the support from the Municipality of Puento Alto in Santiago, Isidora Paz López has been able to coordinate a community project to decorate over 75 pillars with nature inspired mosaic art.

 

 

 

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Deborah Halpern’s ceramic and glass mosaic ‘Ship of Fools’

Sculpture by the Sea,  Tamarama Beach

 

 

 

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‘Queen Esther Revealing Her True Identity’ – Lilian Broca

 

 

 

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Beadwork and Mixed Media Owl by Betsy Youngquist

 

 

 

 

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Mosaic art mural – ‘Wandering Geckos’ — Brett-Campbell

 

 

 

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‘Metamorphosis’ – Betsy Youngquist

 

 

 

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 ‘Norman-peasant’ – Fernand Léger

Argentan, France

 

 

 

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‘Catalina’ by Carol Towler

 

 

 

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Mosaic Chiminea

Hausmanager-flickr

 

 

 

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Miguel Covarrubias ‘Genesis, the Gift of Life’

1954, Dallas Museum

 

 

 

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Niki de Saint Phalle mosaic statue from the The Garden of Tarot which is a sculpture garden based on the esoteric tarot

Garavicchio (Tuscany)

 

 

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Man riding dolphins mosaic – District Lions Stadium, Island of Delos

 

 

 

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Fernand Leger Museum abstract mosaic murals

Argentan, France

 

 

 

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Fernand Leger Museum abstract mosaic murals

Argentan, France

 

 

 

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Kim Emerson mosaic sculptures

Cerritos Park, Los Angeles

 

 

 

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Linda Biggers

 

 

 

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Mosaic L’Annunciazione’ by artist Isabel Piczek

 Our Lady Queen of Angels Plaza Church, 1981

Los Angeles

 

 

 

Mosaic-Sculpture-Garden---Linton,-New-Zealand Adam and Eve mosaic sculpture

Mosaic sculpture of Adam & Eve, wearing watermelon hats, Eve passing the apple

Mosaic Sculpture Garden—Linton, NZ

 

 

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Niki De Saint Phalle  “Firebird” disco fever statue

 

 

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Pulpo – RuTh, flickr

Coruna, Spain

 

 

 

Palau-Güell-Chimney,-Barcelona in yellow. blue and black

Palau Güell Chimney, Barcelona

 

 

 

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Palau Güell mosaic , Barcelona

 

 

 

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Mosaic Oriental belly dancer – French artist Francony Kowask

 

 

 

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Roz Anderson Pelican mosaic

 

 

 

Père-Lachaise-Cemetery-Kay Harpa mosaic of Jesus

Kay Harpa mosaic

Père Lachaise Cemetery

 

 

 

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Original glass mosaic sculpture, ‘Clownimal’  – Hangs on wall. By artistprovocateur on etsy

 

 

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Mosaic sculpture made of broken pieces of glass tile and metallic covered porcelain by Anchorage artist Shelia Wyne

 

 

 

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Mosaic Sculpture Garden—Linton, NZ

 

 

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Mosaic mural ‘Triumph of Neptune’ standing on a chariot pulled by two sea horses

Third century AD

Sousse Archaeological Museum, Tunisia

 

 

 

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Suesy Circosta mosaic totems

Melbourne, Australia

 

 

 

 

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‘Electronic Sculpture 1’

Mosaic art by Muharrem Batman, Ayse Batman and Judith Brun displaying compositions of resistors, plugs, circuit boards, connectors, wires and other electronic waste.

 

 

 

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Mosaic flair at the Treetanic Bar The Jade Seahorse

A zani boutique hotel in Utila, Honduras. It features five oddly shaped but comfortable bungalows, each eclectically decorated with bottle art, mosaic tiles and iridescent glass stones. It took the owner, Neil Keller, 15 years to produce this dreamlike world.

Picture by Ded Ch

 

 

HABATAT-GALLERIES---Florida 'Goblet Number Three' - Robert Palusky - mosaic horse with glass goblet

‘Goblet Number Three’ – Robert Palusky-2011

Habitat Gallery

 

 

 

Christopher-Herwig - mosaic bus stop Gagra,-Abkhazia

 Soviet built modernist mosaic bus stop

Gagra,-Abkhazia

Photo – Christopher Herwig

 

 

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‘Eggsistentialism’ – AVAM (American Visionary Art Museum), Baltimore

George Reader-flickr

 

 

 

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‘Aurora Borealis’ mosaic wall on AVAM’s exterior, designed by Mari Gardner with youth from the William Donald Schaefer House.

2014

Photo by Dan Meyers.

 

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Mosaicesque sculpture by Tiffany Schmierer

photo- linda fahey

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Noah P
    Posted September 5, 2015 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Wonderful presentation. Much work for you to put this together and will post to share with other ART groups. Congrats to Irit Levy on her mosaic exhibition in NYC Oct 11 to 22 and who shared your post. Is anyone researching use of 3D technology to replicate original ceramic mosaics so the design and beauty can be more economically shared with many? Great that the successful large artistic results are so often on public display to be widely enjoyed instead of being imprisoned in a private residence whose beauty is hoarded by jealous collectors. Every creative person should study Krishamurti to offset the mental prisons to creativity imposed by much of formal training and upbringing. Your quote is the door to artistic freedom for the daring and restless creative mind. Thank you. Imho

  2. Posted September 10, 2015 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Fantastic work. Thank you for sharing with us.

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