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MOSAIC ART TILES

Mosaic Art Tile Project part of 2010 Cultural Olympiad

The DVBIA’s Art Under Foot Mosaic Art Tile Project was proud to be part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad that hosted 600 events in 60 venues over 60 days January - March 2010.

The piece-by-piece creation of four new mosaics ran throughout February inside the Sleep Country Canada store at 756 Granville Street. Local mosaic artists Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther spearheaded the design and production of the mosaics. They welcomed more than 8,000 visitors to watch the designs come to life, ask questions and submit their design ideas for future tiles. Thank you to everyone that dropped by.

These four tiles will be placed in city sidewalks this Summer. Pick up a map to take a self-guided walking tour of the tiles already embedded in city sidewalks. Hard copies are available through the DVBIA or at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre at 200 Burrard St. @ West Cordova.

This is the second time the Mosaic Art Tile Project has been part of the Olympiad since it started in 2008.

The project started in 2005 in celebration of the DVBIA’s 15th anniversary. It launched the public art project to beautify downtown streetscapes. The project involved a collaborative process between DVBIA members and a team of artists to create 12 original tile mosaics, each measuring nine square feet and permanently installed in city sidewalks throughout the DVBIA’s 90 block area.


Creating the Mosaic Art Tiles

Measuring nine square feet, each mosaic features a common border anchored with images of Vancouver’s natural environment, including an evergreen tree, the mountain skyline, billowing wind, and ocean waves. A commemorative bronze medallion designed to recognize the sponsors and the DVBIA’s 15th anniversary is positioned within the asymmetrical border of individual mosaic tiles. Different bronze medallions recognize participation in the 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Each mosaic has a circular centre with a different abstract design reflecting a dynamic theme – such as people, entertainment, architecture, music, logging and fishing -- that captures the essence of downtown from both historical and contemporary perspectives.


CREATING A COLLABORATIVE MOSAIC

STEP 1

The creative process starts with a collaborative effort to come up with ideas for images that would reflect downtown Vancouver’s unique architecture, culture, heritage and lifestyle.

STEP 2

When each design is finalized it is drawn onto a mosaic cement mat so that the work of arranging the hand cut tiles into a beautiful image could begin - an intricate process called tessellation. Mosaic Artist Liz Calvin and CETA Artist Richard Newell are pictured working in their studios in 2005.

STEP3

Measuring nine square feet, each mosaic contains between 3,500 to 4,500 hand cut ceramic pieces in a kaleidoscope of colours. Each original work of art takes approximately 160 hours to create. The final grouting of the mosaics takes place when they are permanently installed. All 18 tiles are now installed in downtown sidewalks.

Download a map of all the 18 tile locations and take a self-guided walking tour.

About the Artists

Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther



Liz Calvin and Bruce Walther are the lead artists for the Mosaic Art Tile Project, as they were for the first phase in 2005. They are assisted by local art students and artists from CETA (Creating Employment Through Art).

Liz Calvin has been passionate about creating mosaics for 27 years now. Liz attended a school for Mosaic Art in Northern Italy for a year to learn firsthand the traditional ways. For the last four years, she has been fulfilling a life-long dream of creating both public and private mosaic commissions full time and also sharing with others her love for the medium by teaching adult classes and mentoring youth projects.

Her public art pieces can be found at the Broadway and Commercial Skytrain Station, on the sidewalks of downtown Vancouver in six different locations, at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, and at Parkgate Community Centre and at Noble Cove Housing Project on the North Shore. Other mosaic work includes private commissions for shop signage and home interiors/exteriors, workshops and gallery pieces.

Bruce Walther is a glass and mosaic artist. He has done numerous stained glass commissions for private residences as well as public art commissions and community mosaic projects and workshops working with youth and street involved people with drug and mental health issues. Most recently he has just completed a private commission for the Sunrise Market in Vancouver's Strathcona and is presently working with some teenagers on a mosaic for the Community Centre in the village of Steveston.

Some of the projects he has worked on include the: Lonsdale Quay Fountain Mosaic (North Vancouver); Spirit Park Community Garden Mosaic (Winnipeg); Coho Creek Mosaic (North Vancouver); Rivers Mosaic Project (Port Coquitlam); Victory Square Stage Mosaics; Carnegie Living Footprints Mosaics; Hastings Community Centre Water Park Mosaics; three Strathcona Park Entranceway Mosaics, and six Sidewalk Mosaics for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association.


Art Tile Sponsership

Thank you to the following sponsors that have supported Phase One of this project. Phase Two and Three are co-presented by Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

The Shon Group



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Imperial Parking Canada Corporation



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Hudson's Bay Company



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Tom Lee Music Co.



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Future Shop



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Bentall Capital LP



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Oxford Properties



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Titan Worldwide



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Manulife Financial



Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Edgewater Casino


Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Mosaic Art Tile proudly sponsored by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Tile Gallery

Art-i-tecture The Swing of Things Sea of Opportunity Bird’s Eye View
Enterprising Beginnings Sounds Around Town On the Scene Spanning Time
Our Land, Our Roots Neon Lights Claim to Fame Points of View
Transported Through Time Rings of Life Signs of the Times Walk of Champions
Celebration Fireworks Over English Bay


Take a Walking Tour

Take a self-guided walking tour of Art Under Foot, the mosaic art tile collection by following the route on the map. The complete tour will take 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace - and how often you stop for coffee or to take in other sights along the way. A hint when determining direction: the mountains are always north. The mosaic tiles are free for viewing every day, rain or shine.


 
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