Glue, Rip, Glue, Rip, Glue

We have had an exciting week or two in the mosaic room.  So exciting that I wasn’t even taking pictures half the time.  Like when the elementary school people came downstairs to get a little down and dirty with the mosaic.  YES, children can use cement!  YES, cement comes off with a few paper towels, then some soap and water.  YES, cement launders pretty well.  In case you were wondering.

On Monday, our mosaic frame welder, Heather Harris, delivered all the frames for the remaining mosaic panels.  

We were going to offer some quality mosaic time in the Great Hall tonight while Micah 6 was open, but wait…. half the hall is cordoned off for new tile installation.  Oops, I guess we won’t be working on mosaic with people waiting for the food pantry.

Here’s what we DID have tonight: quality time with the mosaic for three mosaic-meisters!  Making the figures for the third panel requires a bit of learning for those not accustomed or trained in the skill of drawing.  So, there is experimentation going on, including gluing tesserae (little pieces) onto the mesh, re-assessing how they look, followed by ripping them off the mesh, followed by gluing other tesserae onto the mesh.  Stir and repeat as many times as necessary.

The Feeding of the 5000 mosaic art work-in-progress being made by University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

Roberta, Jennie, and Bob work and re-work the first figures of Panel Three on Sunday.

Welded steel frames for mosaic art at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

Stacked against the wall- the last five frames delivered by their welder, Heather Harris. We are ready to epoxy in the panels!

Wedi board panels awaiting mosaics at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

Foam-and-cement panels for our mosaics. These will be glued into the welded steel frames.

mosaic panel leaning against the wall at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

Mosaic panel two leaning against the wall in the mosaic room. It will soon be glued into its frame.

new tile floor being laid at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

This is why we didn’t work on the mosaic during Micah 6 tonight. More than half the floor space is unavailable, due to new tile being laid!

mosaic Sheltie dog work-in-progress at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

After considerable work and re-work, Chase, the church dog, is finally taking shape for Panel Three.

mosaic feet work-in-progress at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

Cute toes! Someone is sitting on a rock, hanging her feet out over the crowd.

mosaic art Jesus work-in-progress at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas

How do we know this is Jesus? The orange shoes, of course!

mosaic man in orange shirt sitting on the ground

The first completed figure- the man in the orange shirt

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