Lately a portion of my studio time has included the creation of some speculative proposals for large-scale installations. Here imagined on a building in downtown Los Angeles is a proposition from a series I entitled The Frolics of the Fusionaries. Featured here as a mural the works in this series also lend themselves to the materials of mosaic and glass.
Colorful, encaustic cement tiles were introduced to Tampa Bay by Spanish speaking immigrant artisans and our neighbors to the south. The plaza tiles recall the typical design patterns found in the area and are directly inspired by the cigar labels of The F. Garcia & Company Factory. The cigar factory, built in 1899 on the corner of Garcia Avenue and Arch Street, an area now within the boundaries of the park, was a primary employer for area residents. This section of town was known as Roberts City.
Jovi Schnell, West Tampa Promenade, 2018. Commissioned through the City of Tampa Arts.
MIotto Mosaics and crew just installed the 9' x 23' mosaic mural designed as part of my latest public art project for the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park commissioned by the City of Tampa. The mosaic includes sculptural fish tiles realized by longtime friend and talented ceramic artist Andrew Dewitt. I am so thrilled with how it all came together! Huge thanks to my project manager Michael Lehman over at BOBOSART for helping to make it all sail. Stay tuned for the tile installation!
Images courtesy of Robin Nigh, BOBOSART and Olivia Wells - Miotto Mosaics
Traditional cement tiles are hand made one by one. The team is finally nearing production of enough of them to cover about 4,000 sq. ft. May the install deities be safely and swiftly on our side and may the promenading soon commence!