By zwackart on August 14, 2016
It’s been steamy this summer! And this wall faces south. But we pitched a sun/rain sail and finished setting the tiles, and started in on grouting in sections.The photos are a real fast forward of the process. We had lots of volunteers come out to work, over several weekends this summer. People worked hard in all weather conditions to see this beautiful collective vision through! I am honored to shepherd it into reality.
This coming Thursday is our next build date. Come on down!
Rawley Park, Richford, NY 13835 5pm till dark
Hey it’s a full moon…who knows!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged animal mosaic, Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, community, Community build, fox, grant, grout, mosaic, NY, owl in tree, potatoe, rainbow, Rawley Park, red tail hawk, Richford, tile, tire swing, trout | Leave a response
By zwackart on April 29, 2016
Two Saturdays in April, one snowy, one warm, the good towns-folk of Richford and I met in the Town Hall to make and paint tiles for the mosaic we will be putting up in May. Here are a few of the beautiful tiles that were made. If you are reading this before 5/22/2016 and would like to participate, feel free to contact me for more details.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged ceramic, community, Community build, Finger Lakes, glass, hand print, handmade, mirror, mosaic, mural, native species, NY, potatoe, public art, Richford, tile, trout, turkey, wild life | Leave a response
By zwackart on February 2, 2016
I am excited to announce that this Spring I will get to lead a community built mosaic in the Town of Richford, NY. I was contacted by a committee of civic leaders who have been working to turn a local park into a space that is well used by all members of the community, where everyone will feel welcome, and engaged. They are focusing their energies on this park, Rawley Park, a public space, in the middle of their small, rural town, because they are interested in growing a sense of community. There is a pavilion, with cooking facilities, in the park, that people rent out over the summer. It is a concrete block structure, and they asked me to help them create a mosaic on the southern face of it, that will celebrate the history and connections in the Richford community. Together, we successfully wrote a grant to the Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes. This April, we will host 2 Sundays of Tile Making and Tile Glazing workshops, and in May, we will install the mosaic, in time for a summer of community enjoyment! Below is a sketch. We plan to make leaves out of community member’s hand prints in clay!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged ceramic, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, mixed use, mosaic, NY, park, public art, revitalize public space, Richford, tile glazing, tile making | Leave a response
By zwackart on November 30, 2015
This November I had the incredible opportunity to work with girls at the Mariposa Foundation, DR. I was invited down to make mosaic portraits with the girls who attend the center in Cabarete, DR. We worked with a local potter and made tiles from raw clay, fired them and created these 2 mosaic portraits. One is of Mama Tingo, a Dominican woman, an activist farmer, who led a movement for the rights of repressed people. The other is Harriet Tubman, conductor on the Underground Railroad, who risked her life for the freedom of others.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged Cabarete, clay, Dominican, Dominican Rubublic, DR, end generational poverty, force for change, girls, Harriet Tubman, Mama Tingo, Mariposa, Mariposa Foundation, mosaic, tiles | Leave a response
By zwackart on September 3, 2015
We did a 2 day community build installation in late August. Here’s some snaps of the fun! This is the 2nd year of an ongoing community built, artist led and organized, mosaic mural (now about 70′ long!), on the wall of the DPW facility, facing the Sciencenter parking lot (and Rt. 13) in Ithaca, NY. Volunteers pictured here are part of Ithaca College’s Community Plunge program. We were also lucky to have several local high school students, hired as apprentices, through the Ithaca Youth Bureau’s summer employment program.
This year we teamed up with the Ithaca Children’s Garden, that is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their Gaia snapping turtle sculptural installation. ICG summer campers (Ithaca area kids ages 6 to 10 years old) brainstormed the design and created turtle and fairy tiles based on their plan. Much of the Children’s Garden is represented in this latest panel of the mural. The outdoor kitchen is shown as a building housing a big steaming bowl over a fire. The bulb labyrinth is shown as a big spiral path. The phases of the moon appear over Gaia and six children that ride her back. To the left, a fabulous teapot pours out an herbal brew, from the Children’s garden. And last, a chicken on a nest full of eggs, under a fruit tree.
Please stop by and enjoy if you are in Ithaca. And stay in touch though our FaceBook page.
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged art, City of Ithaca, clay, collaboration, collage, community, Community build, DPW, Gaia, Gaia's garden, Isaiah Zagar method, Ithaca, Ithaca Children's Garden, mural, NY, public art, Science Center, Sciencenter, tiles, volunteer, Youth | Leave a response
By zwackart on February 5, 2015
A woman recently contacted me to commission a mosaic back-splash for her kitchen. She already had red accents in her kitchen, so she chose a theme of red vegetables and fruit. Here are some shiny cherries, watermelon, radishes, peppers, tomatoes, and apples. (I made plaster casts of real peppers and used those to get some really fun relief forms to work with!) My client’s contractor installed the tiles and she sent me a few shots of the kitchen now. Enjoy!
By zwackart on January 27, 2015
The first panel of five mosaic panels, in the ongoing 1st St. Mosaic Project, is now complete and stands sparkling in the sun for all to see!
Posted in Recent Projects | Tagged 1st St Mosaic, ceramic, ceramic tiles, community, Community build, food chain, food security, Ithaca, life cycle, local, mirror, mosaic, New York, plants, Sciencenter, tiles, Tompkins county, Tourism Bureau, tree of life, wild edibles | Leave a response
By zwackart on October 5, 2012
“Feels Like Home” was installed by the Ithaca Department of Public Works and wrapped in a big blue plastic tarp for the unveiling. It only took them a few hours to hang all 6 panels in their stainless steel frame. JJ and I were on hand during the whole process, and watched with delight as more than a year’s planning and work came together on the wall of the Seneca and Tioga streets parking garage in Ithaca, NY. We had a lovely unveiling ceremony and the work is now on view 24 hours a day, rain or shine. Enjoy!
By zwackart on September 30, 2012
Please join the Van Etten Elementary School community to celebrate the completion and installation of these two mosaic benches depicting the life cycle of plants. They were made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts, administered locally by the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. We will hold a dedication ceremony Monday October 17th from 5:50 to 6pm at the playground to recognize the creative success of student and community artists, and Van Etten teachers and staff.
Posted in In the Classroom, Recent Projects | Tagged art, arts, arts in education, collaboration, education, grant, life cycle, local, mosaic, New York, NY, plant, public school, school, science | Leave a response
By zwackart on September 18, 2012
This Saturday in Ithaca the Food Justice Summit is happening and I will be there at the Watershed Wall to talk to folks as they do a Walkathon that winds it’s way through downtown. I will also have a table at their street fair where you can come and make a food related tile. If you choose, you can leave your tile with me to be fired and it can become part of a community created mosaic! The Street Fair will be at 210 Hancock St. in Ithaca from noon to 6pm.