Mosaic muse inside La Sagrada Familia is actually the first article I dedicate to the city of Gaudi, and daydreams… This city embraced art and architecture like no other, and this fact is revealed in its remarkable Catalan architecture and many stupendous modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. Just like Ravenna and Tuscany, Barcelona is also believed to be one of the world’s most important centers for mosaic art, colorful ceramic tiles, stained glass, and carpentry.
Enough said. Let’s take a loop through the most beautiful unfinished dream in the world and contemplate some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics!
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Does this saying sound familiar? In today’s article, it will take on a new significance when we observe the magic gardens of Philly! The artist behind Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens sees wonders in the things we throw away every day. Instead of heading to the art supply store, Isaiah Zagar has been transforming the city’s waste into wonder for more than three decades.
What makes his creations more phenomenal is that he doesn’t work solely with throwaway materials. Many of his mosaic artworks include tiny souvenirs from his travels in China, India, and Latin America. His main mediums are visual symbols, inspirational stories mementos from across the globe and of course the city’s junk and cultural emblems.
His work is spotted by several occasion and mirrors his creative thoughts that are building and falling apart, having a logic but close to chaos, rejecting to stay still, and giving one a sense of heaven and hell simultaneously!
Journey to the heart of Tuscany is actually the first article I dedicate to Tuscany: the city of artistic legacy, art renaissance, charming architecture and hidden corners. Tuscany is also believed to be one of the world’s most important cores for mosaic art.
Today’s article examines the significance of mosaic art as one of the most inspiring art forms it Tuscany and contemplating its evolution throughout the city.
Few legends in the world of art can maintain the balance between the paradoxical blend of modesty and resourcefulness. Kate Rattray is one of them!
I’m especially thrilled to share this in-depth interview with Kate Rattray, the humble yet brilliant mosaicist living and working in Somerset, UK. Inspired by the force, composition and hues of nature, her work tells the story of an ancient allegory that perceives the world as a primitive and magical place. The enchantment of her mosaic artworks amplifies a piece of splendor, both literally and allegorically and pushes your estimate limits concerning her exceptional source of motivation.
In this exclusive interview, Kate talks more in-depth abou
Maps have been used as a way to analyze the geographic nature of chronicles for over a century now.
Terra Incognita and maps are still employed by young scholars and literature students to better estimate the narrative course of geography, and how it could influence the narrative to a meticulous layout or landscape. These maps have been mostly influenced by passionate bookworms, thrilled to follow in the steps of their favorite book-Idols and Superhero-film characters. Travel and tourism agencies have also played a great part in exploiting the cities of blockbuster and bestseller movies and novels. Maps have not only been used to interpret and geo-locate storyline but to manipulate them as well.
The narrative power of maps has been sanctioned widely by authors and filmmakers. Nonetheless, nowadays we witness the narrative power of maps endorsed creatively in many contemporary mosaic artworks. Although, the mosaic Map of Madaba was discovered in 1896 and became instantly renowned as an exceptional mosaic map, but the contemporary mosaics of our time are far beyond a two-dimensional catalog of locations.
Today’s article is another short brief stop at the breathtaking Contemporary Mosaic Maps of Rachel Sager, and how to visualize the new world cartography.
Cover Photo: Jane Perkins It’s hard to believe that we started this blog almost two years ago today! As a content curator and main blogger of this online journal, my major aim and concern was to highlight and restore an ancient art form one letter at a time. Yes, it’s almost