Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Incredible Mosaic Art

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The short story:

An almost unbelievable mosaic art project.

This project took over a year to complete!

The Mosaic Artist Dianne Sonnenberg is from Austin, Texas and is an incredibly talented artist.

The long story:

Mosaic artist Dianne Sonnenberg’s masterpiece titled “Ocean(egg)raphy,” completed with LATICRETE® SpectraLOCK® PRO Grout, has been selected by a juried commission on behalf of Mosaic Arts International as winner of the 2010 Best Architectural Award. Sonnenberg was officially recognized on March 19, 2010, at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass on Chicago’s Navy Pier during this year’s American Mosaic Summit. The week-long event marked the 10th annual conference and exhibition hosted by the Society of American Mosaic Artists.

Sonnenberg’s “Ocean(egg)raphy” is truly a mosaic art treasure, consisting of two six-foot tall mosaic tile covered eggs with an underwater theme expressed with seashells, schools of fish, underwater creatures, and other water-inspired elements surrounded by a swirling ocean current. To set off certain sections and details, Sonnenberg utilized three different options of the LATICRETE SpectraLOCK Grout Dazzle component, including Glow-in-the-Dark, Silver and Gold. Based in Austin, Texas, Sonnenberg created “Ocean(egg)raphy” for the backyard of a fellow Austin resident. In addition to LATICRETE SpectraLOCK Grout Dazzle, Sonnenberg also used LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout in White and Black for certain sections of her award-winning mosaic art project.

“I chose LATICRETE SpectraLOCK PRO Grout for this project because it was very important to have a long-lasting, durable grout that would retain its beauty over time,” said Sonnenberg. “After spending over a year creating Ocean(egg)raphy, choosing the right grout was an essential part of the process. I was also able to create some stunning visual effects using the Gold and Silver Dazzle components, as well as strategically placed Glow-in-the-Dark areas. I delight in using these components as there is nothing else like them in the marketplace. They offer a one of a kind effect.”

Each of the two eggs in Sonnenberg’s internationally-acclaimed Ocean(egg)raphy weigh nearly 250 pounds with over 80 square feet of surface area. The eggs consist of a styrofoam core reinforced with rebar which are bolted to a steel base. The nautilus shell is cut out of iridescent stained glass, fired in a kiln and slumped slightly to match the eggs shape. The eggs were installed and then bolted to a gunnite shell in the new owner’s backyard

Dianne Sonnenberg

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Anonymous Jo Birtus said...

this installation is fantastic....i would love to get to work on large architectural pieces like this, oneday? someday? very inspiring, thankyou!

April 14, 2010 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger Anita@LATICRETE said...

Check out this video to see the process of making this mosaic piece of art - the details are amazing!

April 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Dianne said...

Thank you Henry! Creating Ocean(egg)raphy has been a remarkable adventure. I'm delighted that you and Laticrete have brought it to the attention of a larger community. Spectralock grout made such a big difference in the finished look of the project. I'm a lifelong fan!

April 15, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

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