Floating Weft Mosaic

We collaborated with Navajo weaver, DY Begay, to enlage her weaving design  into a ceramic mural for the Ben-Horin Garden at the East entrance to the Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix AZ. Nina Solomon was the lead artist on this project and I was the project manager. We made and glazed handmade tiles to replicate Begay's yarn colors, design, and texture. Over 5,000 tiles are mounted on the sculptural dimensional surface we designed, creating the effect of a rippling textile floating along the wall. The sculptural surface was built of Fiberglass Reinforced Concrete (FGRC) over carved Styrofoam forms. The resulting mosaic mural is an intracate puzzle of design, color, form and texture on an undulating light-catching surface. The creation of this mural required almost 3,000 hours of work and involved 35 people in its production. Special thanks to the staff of Ilitzky Solomon Studios—Melinda, Kasha, Moniza, Yvonne, Sam--and the many volunteers, 17 of whom were from the Heard Guild.

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Floating Weft Mosaic
2008
Sculptural ceramic mosaic mural
5.5'x30'x1'



Floating Weft Mosaic
2008
Sculptural ceramic mosaic mural
 


Floating Weft Mosaic
2008
Sculptural ceramic mosaic mural


Floating Weft Mosaic
detail
 


Floating Weft Mosaic
detail
 


Floating Weft Mosaic
detail
 





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