Shining Sea Bike Path Mosic Mural. Created by Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops. Design by Erica Szuplat.
When we decided to teach a workshop on mosaic murals for community public spaces we thought about the possible locations to place the mural. First, we wanted to utilize materials that we already had in stock. Our collection of stained glass remnants has grown over the years, mostly from stained glass artists who have seek me out as a fellow artist who could relieve them of their scrap glass. Why, just the other day as I got into my car at the hair salon where I work part time, I noticed that someone had left a beautiful china plate with a flower design next to my front door. It had broken in half. I know that my Mini Cooper stands out and with the Cape Cod Mosaic Workshops sign on the rear door it's quite obvious who I represent. Anyway, that act of kindness put a smile on my face :)
Moving along...We considered asking schools if they were interested and other pullic spaces like Town Hall, but first on our list was the Falmouth Service Center. I called on my old friend Erica Szuplat of Wisha Studios to create the design. Erica is a talented illustrator and designer who has worked on all of our recent community projects. She jumped at the chance, having been a long time donator and advocate for this local food pantry. Brenda Swain, who is the director met with Erica and Jim and began hashing out a conceptual design. We are going to use up our stained glass collection and place our mural inside the Falmouth Service Center lobby. They are doing a renovation and it will fit into their plans perfectly.
The planning process is fun but challenging. We have to consider the abilities of the students who will be particpationg. Most of them will be newbies. But, we will also have some of our very talented friends participate who have worked on our other murals like Claudia Hinkle whois always there to to the hard details when we ask. So let the fun begin!
Here is a link to the workshop description.