I was amazed to see that this is an actual mosaic, made of hundreds (thousands) of pieces. It was made by the Franz Mayer of Munich studio, founded in 1847, Franz Mayer of Munich maintains its reputation of working with only the highest quality standards to continuously develop new artistic and architectonic expressions in the field of stained glass and mosaic. After 158 years, this family business is still dedicated to restoring the historic while creating new unique contemporary projects for artists and architects worldwide. The studio is widely considered one of the leaders in this field. The designs executed are more often the work of independent artists and designers rather than those generated in-house. The studio therefore, offers services directly to the artist, designer and architect who collaboratively supervises the work and directs our craftspeople in the realization of the project. In addition to their headquarters in Munich they also have an office in Brooklyn.
Spirit of Harlem: Glass Mosaic is located at the North Fork Bank at 280 West 125 Street in New York, NY. A commissioned work designed by Brooklyn native and world class artist Louis Delsarte, and fabricated in Munich, Germany by Gabriel and Franz Meyer
Louis Delsarte is an adjunct professor of Fine Arts and Humanities at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he has instructed students for the past twelve years. A world-renowned artist and graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Delsarte’s work is collected in some of America and the world’s finest art museums and galleries. He is a muralist of thirty years.
Delsarte continues to work in New York as an artist in residence at the New York University, and is involved with the Scholar in Residence/Artist in Residence Program at the New York University’s Faculty Resource Network. He maintains a studio in Manhattan and continues to work with the Bob Blackburn Print-making Workshop. Completed in 2005, the Spirit of Harlem is on permanent display at the North Fork Bank 280 West 125th street, New York, NY.
Thanks to Mayotic for the explanation. It’s a fantastic mosaic.