Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Our beautiful mosaic, which we have cared for and nurtured for these six months past, is out in the real world now. We will miss it and the time we spent together building it, but we wish it a long and happy life out there on its own, where people can see the love and attention that went into every detail, hear the important story it is telling, and read how children, community members, artists, and community organizations like Crealdé and The Golden Rule Foundation, can come together to make a thing of such beauty.
(Click on the poicture abouve to see it bigger - or better yet, stop by Hannibal Square to see it in all its glory!)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
What a day! We started at nine, and worked until about 5 pm. David and Ian were up on the scaffolding all day, drilling the panels in place. The rest passed up panels, added finishing tiles, ran errands, and OOOHed and AAAHed. The weather cooperated -- a beautiful day -- not too sunny, not too warm -- just perfect day to be in the park with a project.
Thanks to Willy for the Cranberry Juice" (wink wink) and Virginia for a beautful and scruptious berry tart for a much deserved celebration at the end of the day.
Tomorrow it will be in the paper. We have the seams to grout and a few tiles to add and then we are DONE!
Thw Winter Park Fire department came and lent a hand - and a bucket truck - so we could hang the moon about 25 feet up. Everyone -- includng 6-year-old Lucy, wanted to go up, but Ian went up and put it on the wall, and then followed with thinset, tiles and grout.
Up at the top, putting the tiles on the wall, I realized that I was fulfilling a goal in my life never even knew had -- I never realized I wanted to go up in a bucket firetruck with two firemen and stick tiles on a wall, but I sure did enjoy it.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Yesterday, thanks to Virginia, Marie, Daryl, Jan, and Willy, my five right-hand women, we finished making and sealing all 24 panels, plus the moon. At one point I asked Daryl, "Can you give me the moon?" and she said, "Ask for the moon and I'll give it to you!"
That is how I feel about this whole project. These artists and all the people and support systems have helped bring about something spectacular. We've made the moon.
We met with Niki Pierson and David Cumbie from Crealde to discuss the bottom line. Literally. We drew a chalk like where the bottom of the piece will be -- almost five feet up. That puts the top of the mosaic 15 feet in the air. That should make it visible from farther away, and put it a little more out of reach. The moon goes up very very high, in the upper left. We're talking to the Winter Park Fire Department about helping put it on the wall. We install Saturday!
Sunday, February 04, 2007
This bottom left corner of the mosaic is the memory section. When Fairolyn told the kids about the history of the Hannibal Square neighborhood, the story about the election of the Aldermen in 1887 stood out. But the kids and I were also taken by her tales of childhood in Hannibal Square. She told about kids playing marbles, and about how she and her friends would make dolls from old bottles, putting grass in the top like hair, and using it to learn to braid. So we designed part of the mosaic to be the "Memory" section, with children playing old-time games. The girl in blue is young Fairolyn, playing with her bottle doll, a basket by her side. The little boy, who is unique in the mosaic with his stained-glass face (all of the others are hand-made tiles) was designed by one of the boys in Ginny Howard's art class. He was excited to hear that his figure was featured so prominently.