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Birds in Flight (2016), glass tile (5' x 38")
This work showcases a collaboration between artists José Orantes and Sandy Glass. The artists transformed an original, to-scale painting by Orantes into a mosaic comprised of vibrantly colored, quarter-inch vitreous glass tiles.
What do you see when you look at this mosaic? Does the landscape look blurry? Try stepping back a distance to look at the work. What do you see now? The tiles make the imagery look pixelated up-close, but the mural comes together from a distance, like an Impressionist painting.
Of the project, Glass says:
The old concrete walls seem(ed) drab in the context of the colorful organic shapes in the new play structures… Mosaic art is a medium that is timeless and lasting, even in our Northwest climate. Our mosaic designs draw from the natural elements of Luther Burbank Park and the Pacific Northwest to enhance the existing play area.