1st St. Mosaic Project

We have 3 years, and about 105 feet, under our belt here on 1st St. The concrete retaining wall, of the City of Ithaca Department of Public Works facility, has been our canvas. A collective of artists and scores of community members have designed, made tiles, collected tiles & mirror, mortared, grouted, and worked very hard to create this sparkling, and impressive, work of art! In 2015, we worked with the Ithaca Children’s Garden to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the installation or “hatch” of Gaia, the concrete turtle, that is a much-loved feature of the Children’s garden. ICG camp-goers made turtle and fairy tiles, and contributed to the overall design with their drawings.  Installation weekend, we had 2 sets of incoming Ithaca College freshman help set tiles and grout, through the Community Plunge program. In 2016 we had the theme “Plants as Food” and worked with students at Boyton Middle School, in Ithaca, NY to make tiles about agriculture. Many thanks to all our partners, all the folks that dropped off broken dishes and old tiles, and everyone who has supported this community-made art for the public, by the public! Pictures don’t do it justice. I hope you can experience it in person. It is located in the parking lot of the Ithaca Sciencenter, on 1st St. And please stay in touch for more opportunities to participate through our Facebook page.rounding the cornerfarmer in the fieldsevergreen and cornacopiasheep jumped under the sunI see me!1stStTURTLE glasses profileGaiaRider fruit tree & herbal brew teapotVolunteers, artists, & mosaic apprentices setting tilesIMG_2343IMG_2338IMG_2340more fun with friends diggin the mosaiclooking at YOU