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. 😉
Such a perfect use of mirror!!! This mosaic quite literally sparkled…
The floor entrance to Naples Pizza, in Downtown Disney.
Detail shot of the Sunflower Fountain at the entrance of Disneyland.
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!
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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By the Old Parliament House, in the House of Representatives Gardens is a mosaic fountain celebrating Women in Parliament. I found this in the National Capital Authority’s Magna Carta Walk:
“…The Old Parliament House Gardens were originally designed and built in the early 1930s, providing a place of leisure and recreation for parliamentarians. After parliament moved to ‘new’ Parliament House in 1988, the Gardens became neglected. They have now been reconstructed with the four rose gardens replanted with new roses and the building of new facilities.
In 1937 Miss Rosa Sibella Macarthur-Onslow, great granddaughter of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, donated 100 Étoile de Hollande roses to the parliamentary gardens in memory of the Macarthur’s pioneering work in the Australian wool industry. The Ladies Rose Garden was supported by the wives of federal politicians under the leadership of Dame Mary Hughes, wife of the former Prime Minister William Morris (‘Billy’) Hughes. Rose donations were sought at one shilling and fourpence.
Before entering the Ladies Rose Garden, turn right toward the Centenary of Australian Women’s Suffrage Commemorative Artwork.
Located on the parliamentary axis (Constitution Place through Old Parliament House to Magna Carta Place), this artwork celebrates the centenary of Australian women’s suffrage. With the passage of the Commonwealth Franchise Act in 1902, women were able to vote and stand for parliament for the first time — which they did in the election of 1903.
The artwork comprises a fountain and timeline, both of which feature a glass mosaic inspired by wisteria in the women’s movement colours of green, purple and white. The timeline records the milestones and significant achievements of women in Federal Parliament…”
The fountain is made purely with smalti and was designed by Andrew Smith and Kate Riley, both of whom work at the Old Parliament House. The artist in question is Mary Stuart. I have googled her and not found anything, atleast not with any claim to this mosaic installation.