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Immortalising Childrens’ Art

My 5 year old was playing with sidewalk chalk last weekend on a (very large) stepping stone at the bottom of the stairs of our deck. She drew one of her loveflies, which I adore. I’ve been planning a mosaic rug on this particular substrate and after seeing her gorgeous lovefly, decided to mosaic it instead. It was supposed to be something we did together, however her response to this was “Oh, it’s OK Mum you can do it” 😉

Can I say I love immortalising childrens’ art? What better way to do so than with mosaic!? 😀





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Brisbane’s South Bank Parkland Mosaics

Back to something a little more local(ish), heading up to Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. I had family visit well over a year ago and they came back with some pictures of these mosaics for me. They are located in the South Bank Parklands and are installed into a the footpath known as the Clem Jones Promenade.

At this point all I know about it is that it is a commemoration to Clem Jones AO “who provided the vision and direction to acquire South Bank Riverside Land on behalf of the people of Brisbane.” Clem Jones was the Lord Mayor of Brisbane for 14 years. Not 100% sure but as I understand the Parklands are privately owned and obviously somewhat of a major attraction.

I have made enquiries about who the artist is, but have not yet heard anything… Will update when and if I find out.

The mosaics appear to be made from unglazed porcelain and if memory serves me well are a metre square. Hopefully the visitor’s centre will know more about it (!). Can you believe noone knows? Tried the city council, the general tourist centre, the Parkland’s tourist centre… Noone knows!!! One would think that a HUGE plaque stating the name of the artist is just a given. I know I’d want my name on any public art installation I went to the effort to create.

Anyway, enjoy…

Clown Mosaic

Fruit Bowl Mosaic

Water Lily Mosaic

Dancing Girls Mosaic

Kite Flying Mosaic

Butterfly (?) Mosaic

Clem Jones AO Mosaic Commemoration

Beach Buddies Mosaic

Acrobats Mosaic

Bird of Paradise Mosaic

Seafood Dinner Mosaic

Eastern Rosella Mosaic


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Mosaics in New Zealand

One of my friends went to NZ late last year for a family holiday and came back with all these pictures of some gorgeous mosaics. I love that! So many of my friends notice mosaics now 🙂

Unfortunately, don’t know anything about these installations. They appear to be made from ceramic and the ones on the ground can be found in a town called Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty. The toilet block can be found in Colville. Amazed that anyone would be bothered to make such a mural on a toilet block. It’s rather refreshing…

Anyone know anything about it, please let me know!

Mosaic Pavement

Mosaic Pavement

Mosaic Pavement

Mosaic Pavement

Mosaic Pavement

Toilet Block Mosaic

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Mosaic in Film: Spiderman 3

Time for a new series I think… I’ve been wanting to start this for a while actually as it’s merging two of my passions, that is mosaic (if you havn’t already guessed) and films. The two are a complete escape from the real world for me and I’ve always loved the movies!!!

Unfortunately I don’t get out to see one as often as I used to, though that is starting to change a little. I’m not as picky about the films I’ll watch either 😉 Spiderman 3 I watched on the big screen whenever it was out – long time ago now. (Yes, folks I really paid to go see this movie in the theatre!!!). Well for a bit of a fluff movie (aka a no brainer) I enjoyed it. But what I noticed was the mosaic (the highlight for me, lol!). In the scene when Emo-Spiderman is seeing the light about his emo-ways and starts to rip off the black, Eddie is downstairs praying to God to kill Peter (that’s really the story!). I noticed the tile work in the church and thought to myself “hmm, interesting”. Then the bell is hollering and the black comes off Spidey only to land on Eddie down below… who is standing on top of a large mosaic installation 🙂

I have no idea who designed this set… but it was a nice detail.

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Disneyland Mosaics

While in CA, we took the kids to Disneyland. Their first time and my 1st time as a parent… It’s an odd place I tells ya. I had a load of fun, but it’s an odd place! Of course what I did notice all over everywhere were the mosaics. In Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. See?! It is an odd place. It’s like a city all it’s own! I was rather taken aback at the money spinner that it is. Here we are with global poverty, shortages on basic foods and then here in the West there’s Disneyland, where I don’t know how many tens of thousands of dollars get turned over in a day. Kinda crazy. But that’s not the point of this post… “The Happiest Place on Earth”, perhaps. But something about that slogan makes me feel uneasy. I have to say thank goodness the ride known as “It’s a Small World After All” was closed for construction. That ride is trippy! Don’t know if I could have done that one all over again… lol!

It was pretty awe inspiring just how much detail in everything there is. First of all it’s really clean. I mean like really clean. People that worked there were friendly. Everything just ran really well. The amount of organisation that must go into creating and maintaining something like that is, in itself, quite remarkable. And to top it all off, every night they had fireworks that far surpass the New Year’s Fireworks we get here!!! Every night! Certainly alot of fun to be had. We went with extended family, and it’s definitely a lot more enjoyable in a large group 🙂 Makes all that waiting around doable…

There were some beautiful mosaics. I have no idea who made any of them so this post will just be a bit of a visual feast. Plenty more in my Disney Mosaics Flickr set… There are some hardcore families who seem to go a lot. I don’t know if that’s me, in fact I know it’s not!!! By the third day (of all of us looking out for 6 young kids) I was holding L’s hand and suddenly looked around, panicked, blood drained from my face and I screamed out “Where’s L!!!?”. I knew it was time to leave. 😉

Waterlily Fountain

Something Silver Mosaic
Such a perfect use of mirror!!! This mosaic quite literally sparkled…

Naples Pizza Mosaic Floor
The floor entrance to Naples Pizza, in Downtown Disney.

Sunflower Fountain
Detail shot of the Sunflower Fountain at the entrance of Disneyland.

Mosaic Benches

Sun Fountain

Catalina Casino Mosaic

Disney Mosaic

Disney Mosaic

Disney Mosaic - floor detail

Disney's California Adventure Park Mosaic Mural

Disney's California Adventure Park Mosaic Mural
Gorgeous hand made tiles it seems… This mountainous mural flanked both sides of the entrance to Disney’s CA Adventure Park. It depicted everything that CA is famous for… Really a fantastic mural!

Aladdin's Mosaic
The mosaic on the floor to Aladdin’s theatre in Disneyland. Didn’t go in to see the performance but this mosaic certainly caught my eye…

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Hyehwa Station, Daehangno

The area of Seoul known as Daehangno is a popular and fairly hip place for younger, more student types. It features an outdoor performance park known as Marronier Park, home also to Marronier Art Centre. Plenty of bars, restaurants etc, but what’s cool about it is that the main street is adorned with loads of public art. It just keeps going!

Of course my favourite is the mosaic poo!? Atleast that’s what it looks like 🙂 I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be any form of excrement, though I discovered this mosaic through another picture on Flickr, and they too referred to it as poo!

There are 3 of them, grouped together and are funky! I digg it 😉 Surprise, surprise! I don’t know who the artist is! All made of glass, the only gripe I have with it is the white grout. When will white grout on mosaics be banned!? There are other lighter colours that work. White grout does not work!!! White is not a neutral when it comes to this medium. White is evil!!! There! I said it for the millionth time, feel a little better. Lol.

Hyehwa Station, Daehangno

Hyehwa Station, Daehangno

Hyehwa Station, Daehangno

Hyehwa Station, Daehangno

Now I really must get off this computer!!! I have a cake and cookies to bake because I have a playdate with my best friend ever tomorrow. I’m very excited because she lives on this awesome farm, it’s beautiful. It’s beautiful because she works very hard to keep it that way. She is my mosaic-buddy and I have been on her and on her to let me show her work here…Alas, it’s not her thing – yet!? 😉

But I also received my hammer and hardie yesterday and I want to go play…

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Macquarie Primary School

The Macquarie Primary School is home to a few mosaics made by Linda Davy. Linda is a prominent artist in the Canberra region and a mother of students at the primary school. I believe she made these in 2005, but I could be wrong! She was awarded an ACT Children’s Week Award in 2005 for her work here.

The chess pit was made with the help of students – I’m not sure which class – and all the materials used are ceramic on concrete stepping stones. Not too sure what the cubes are made of.

Apparently this is the spot for the Y 6s to hang out in… 😉 There are also large chess pieces that were purchased so the kids can play a game of chess when they want to.

There are also more pics of this on my Flickr site in the set called ‘Canberra Mosaics’.

Macquarie Primary Welcome Panel

This, as great as it is, is a good example of what not to do when making a big mural. You can see exactly where the seams are – such a shame because that ruins a potentially great piece! This is where cutting up the mural in “puzzle pieces” comes in handy and then not mosaicing right to the edge of each but rather, once up, filling in the mosaic so that it is seamless… Pretty important on large pieces! Otherwise pretty fantastic!





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