I was surfing the internet the other night and inadvertantly came across a mosaic mural here in Canberra that I didn’t realise existed. It’s been so fun photographing this collection because it is like finding treasure: wherever I go I might see more mosaic, which of course always has a story behind it. And certainly my first “free” day yesterday after working every day this month, was definitely mosaic-surprise-filled!
Anyway, this mosaic is located at The Rosary Primary School in North Canberra, a catholic school in Watson to be exact. I took the kids to go and see it and was a little perplexed to find that I was not all welcomed to photograph it. I will admit this bugged me, just because I believe that art should be made available to everyone. Frankly I also felt this contrasted with the theme behind the mosaic, but each to their own right? Anyway, I managed to persuade the woman that I was not doing any harm in photographing these mosaics and she was nice enought to let me in…
That rant aside 😉 when I walked into the quadrangle I was delighted to see that there were even more mosaics than I expected. The artist who created them all is Ingrid Masser-Ward. She is a parent of the school community and as I understand worked in a tile store. I almost fell off my chair when I read that this mural was her first mosaic – what a great way to start. I just loved that because most people tackle it the other way around and are so intimidated by a large project, but after a female builder told my sister once that building was like sewing, just on a bigger scale, combined with first laying eyes on a +100 track mixing console (me feeling quite daunted by it) and my teacher explaining to me that once you know one of these, you know the lot – I realised that even with mosaic it’s all the same, just more of it… Still I guess tackling these larger projects is not necessarily using the same methods as you would a small one.
Anyway, I loved it, a really fantastic mural and must be so wonderful for the children. As I understand, it measures 16 square metres totalling some 64 000 tiles, all vitreous glass with millefiori added as highlights. Materials were donated by two local stores: Tilecraft and Prestige Tiles and adhesive donated by a Sydney-based business. Ingrid used the indirect method and had help from her sister and a work colleague every Friday and Saturday night over 6 months. That’s some stamina! The whole mural was completed on a $1000 budget, and alot of help from the school community. Fantastic!
The wall panels are approximately 1 square meter each and line the walls of the classrooms, also in the quadrangle. They really brighten the area up and make an otherwise ordinary school quadrangle, extraordinary.
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Pretty great huh?! I’ve been wanting to do something for my childrens’ school for a while now too, and this will hopefully be a great talking point and example when I approach the principal.
For what it’s worth, well done Ingrid! We need more people like you amongst our school communities.