By zwackart on October 19, 2013
I am working with a team of artists and we are planning a community built mosaic for a wall of the DPW waste water facility on 1st St. in Ithaca, NY. The site is right across the street from the Sciencecenter. We are using the method that Isaiah Zagar, of Philadelphia, uses. We have written a few grants and are planning to hold tile making workshops in the Northside neighborhood, work with 6th graders at Boynton Middle School, and have an installation event in August of 2014. We have a Facebook page set up so you can keep up on the latest info as we set dates for the workshops and let people know where, in the neighborhood, they will be held. We will also have a list of materials we are hoping to get donated and info about how and where to do that. Ithaca, and the Public Art Commission in particular, have really done a fantastic job of identifying walls and spaces for public art. I am really excited about this project because it will be one of the first opportunities for the community to be involved in the making of the art that will create the sense of place where they live.
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 July 11, 2012
I am so excited to introduce “Feels Like Home” ~Spirit of Ithaca mosaic mural. These are photos of the completed work on the lawn behind my studio. It will soom hang on the Tioga Street side of the Seneca/Tioga parking garage in Ithaca, NY. Stay tuned for details about the official unveiling. And please come see in person. There is just SO much detail! This baby is 6′ x 13″!
By zwackart on May 11, 2012
Thank you “Ithaca is Community” volunteers!
A city wide day of volunteering was inaugurated this year by Ithaca’s new mayor, Svante Myrick, on a rainy Earth Day. On the Commons, in Ithaca, a fantastic team of volunteers gathered and helped me grout one of the panels of the “Spirit of Ithaca”, the public art mosaic I’ve been working on since last summer. I plan to have it installed this summer on the exterior wall of the parking garage at the corner of Tioga and Seneca Streets.
By zwackart on October 4, 2011
Glazed ceramic tile, fresh out of the kiln at Zwackart studios. Latest installment of work on public art mosaic mural to be installed in Ithaca, NY in Spring of 2012.
By zwackart on August 14, 2011
Spirit of Ithaca Mosaic
Back in January, the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, New York and The City of Ithaca Public Arts Commission put out a call for design submissions for a mural on a parking garage at Tioga and Seneca Streets, in Ithaca. They were applying for a grant that’s deadline was quickly approaching. Based on the commission’s suggestions of themes, and my own ideas about what is important in life and how I see Ithaca, I pulled some photos together in a collage in Photoshop, created a budget, and submitted it. In March or so, I heard back that I had been chosen as their artist and now we would wait to hear if we received the grant monies. In early August, I heard from City of Ithaca Common Councilor, and member of the public art commission, Edward Rooker saying that “Yes! We had gotten the grant” and could proceed. During the time I had to muse on this project, my heart settled on the idea that instead of using paint I would like to try making this mural out of mosaics. Last summer I purchased an electric kiln. I have gotten more confident in firing it & I feel that I now have the tools at my command to be able to do a ceramic mosaic of my own design, creating many (most?) of the tiles I will use by hand. I am really excited to do this! First, I needed to create a scale drawing. The space I will use measures 6′ x 13′. Next, I made a pilgrimage to Susan Jablon Mosaics in Vestal, NY. Emily Jablon, Susan’s daughter, & a mosaic artist who has done many public art installations, was there and was very generous in her donation of materials. I came back to my studio, absolutely thrilled!, and set the glass tiles from Jablon out on the scale drawing. This helped me wrap my mind around how many square feet (out of 78) I would need to construct by hand from clay. Next, I headed over to my friend and fellow artist Deb Youngling’s house to roll out some slabs from a heavy grog, high fire, white clay body. Here are some examples of the tiles I’ve been making.
By zwackart on October 22, 2010
All ten schools in the Ithaca City School District participated in making this ceramic tile mosaic mural. The Ithaca Fine Arts Booster Group and the Ithaca Public Education Initiative generously sponsored the project and the City of Ithaca supported it as well. The mosaic is an image of the Ithaca area watershed with the smooth dark pebbles representing Cayuga Lake inlet and the tributary creeks that flow into it. Students made the tiles that represent the land masses from slabs of clay carefully cut out to create a map.