Artist Janet Flom used some of our vitreous tile in some pubic space mosaics in 2016-17 that are photorealistic and well-executed, and I wanted to show them off as inspiration. The subjects of the mosaics are prairie wildflower patches and landscapes of the upper Mississippi River.
I say Janet’s mosaics are well-executed because the tiles are arranged in lines that correspond to the shape being rendered instead of being placed in a grid where each tile is nothing more than a pixel.
I greatly prefer mosaics that have this added element of visual interest and think it is worth the extra effort.
Using an andamento that follows the shapes being rendered also allows you to capture smaller details with larger pieces.
For example, if Janet had wanted to capture the same level of detail using tile in a grid, the size of the tile would have to be less than one forth the size she actually used. Instead, she made details like a leaning flower stalk from a row of tile that ran along the direction of the stalk.
The following mosaics of prairie wildflower patches were installed in the main lobby of Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
Mosaic River Landscapes
The following mosaics are Mississippi River scenes on walls at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Gates C4-7: