A collaborative effort by Aniko Ferreira da Silva, Giuseppe Donnaloia and Pavlos Mavromatidis otherwise known as CaCO3.
Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, USA
Mosaic pavement 2005
Winner 2006 Spectrum Award : First prize Commercial
A 28 ft diameter circular pavement mosaic for the entryway of a library. It is made of ceramic porcelain tile, with handset glass smalti lines and highlights. The design is made up of three overlapping images: the looping curves that rotate around the perimeter are from a diagram of wind patterns on the earth’s surface; the central spiral motif is from an astrophysics computer model of spiral arm galaxy formation; the closely spaced lines that fan out around the circumference is a pattern from fluid mechanics (physics). The border is an ancient mosaic motif from the Middle East.
Now if you are interested in learning more about mosaics with ceramic tile, consider doing a course with Stephanie Jurs and Robert Stout of Twin Dolphin Mosaics in Ravenna, Italy in July. Now that’s a great vacation!
For more information: Ravenna fountain
Last year a good friend of mine visited Italy with her man. When I heard she was going I said I would forgive her for not taking me along if she sent me photos of mosaics.
These mosaics are found at Ostia Antica. They were the floors of the bath houses. The town Ostia Antica was buried by flooding and soot settlement of the Tiber River. It was a major harbour city for Rome, almost 75,000 people had lived here at one time. It has more of a real life look at the people of Roman times than Pompeii. Pompeii was the ‘resort town’ with vast richness. Ostia was a working town – and less crowded with tourists.
Looking at Wikipedia, Ostia Antica was an important military town as the mouth of the Tiber was a potential gateway to Rome itself. It was founded by Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome.