Pile of Junk

It is amazing to think that these mosaics are being created from broken cast-offs, but that is exactly what is happening.  It’s a pile of junk!!!  Check out the photos from this weekend’s two-day Mosaic Marathon Extravaganza.

Saturday morning  We are set up on the arcade, sharing it with crowds of people sheltering from the rain while they await the opening of the Micah 6 Food Pantry.

Early-morning set-up does not look promising with rain blowing in under the roof.

Early-morning set-up does not look promising with rain blowing in under the roof.

It's raining on us- who cares?

It’s raining on us- who cares?

Weather has cleared and these two are taping off areas in preparation for grout.

Weather has cleared and these two are taping off areas in preparation for grout.

Lean in.

Lean in.

Saturday afternoon: we moved downstairs to the Great Hall where we could spread out.

Mortar mavens mix it up.

Mortar mavens mix it up.

Cutting that disciple loose from her mesh moorings in preparation for adhering her to Panel Four.

Cutting that disciple loose from her mesh moorings in preparation for adhering her to Panel Four.

UPC meets AMG- UPC members are working side-by-side with Austin Mosaic Guild members who just can't get enough mosaic into their lives.

UPC meets AMG- UPC members are working side-by-side with Austin Mosaic Guild members who just can’t get enough mosaic into their lives.

Grouting more areas on Panel Three.

Grouting more areas on Panel Three.

And then there's the cleaning with paper towels, gloved fingers, sharp dental picks, little trowels.

And then there’s the cleaning with paper towels, gloved fingers, sharp dental picks, little trowels.

Gotta grout this girl's face!

Gotta grout this girl’s face!

Clean it, girls!

Clean it, girls!

Bein' a model for the disciple hands in Panel Four.

Bein’ a model for the disciple hands in Panel Four.

The disciple's hands take shape.

The disciple’s hands take shape.

Share and share alike.

Share and share alike.

Front ranks of the crowd.

Front ranks of the crowd.

Sunday Morning: Get busy!  By the early afternoon, we’ve got to have Panel Three hung (while we have enough strong hands to lift it onto the wall.)

She must be practicing for her future dental profession.

She must be practicing for her future dental profession.

Yep, it's true, some people come and work for a couple of hours before worship begins.

Yep, it’s true, some people come and work for a couple of hours before worship begins.

Figuring out the evening sky in Panel Four

Figuring out the evening sky in Panel Four

Look at those little people taking shape!

Look at those little people taking shape!

Never say 'die'- an intrepid member of Austin Mosaic Guild is determined to get Panel Four right.

Never say ‘die’- an intrepid member of Austin Mosaic Guild is determined to get Panel Four right.

Austin Mosaic Guild wears red.  When you see one of these, you know you are in the presence of a detail person.

Austin Mosaic Guild wears red. When you see one of these, you know you are in the presence of a detail person.

Quick, while we have the numbers- let's get Panel Three hung on the wall!

Quick, while we have the numbers- let’s get Panel Three hung on the wall!

Delighted and surprised!  This is the first time anyone has seen this panel as it is meant to be viewed, and we can't believe how good it looks!

Delighted and surprised! This is the first time anyone has seen this panel as it is meant to be viewed, and we can’t believe how good it looks!

That feeling of surprise and delight.

That feeling of surprise and delight.

Ta-daaaaaa!

Ta-daaaaaa!

Jesus and Chase, the dog, up-close.

Jesus and Chase, the dog, up-close.

Person wearing blue.

Person wearing blue.

Stretching out.

Stretching out.

Leg cramps.

Leg cramps.

Listening to Jesus.

Listening to Jesus.

Another listener.

Another listener.

Check out the pieces from an oblique angle.

Check out the pieces from an oblique angle.

This puts the panel wall into perspective.

This puts the panel wall into perspective.

Meanwhile, back on Panel Four...

Meanwhile, back on Panel Four…

Lookit that crowd forming behind Jesus.

Lookit that crowd forming behind Jesus.

The afternoon wears on, but the work progresses.

The afternoon wears on, but the work progresses.

The foreground is filled in Panel Four.

The foreground is filled in Panel Four.

The background and the foreground are covered in Panel Four.  The middle ground crowd is well underway.

The background and the foreground are covered in Panel Four. The middle ground crowd is well underway.

Here is another shot of the first three panels together.

Here is another shot of the first three panels together.

Know who kept this whole thing together for two days?  The UPC Deacons, who prepared and served our food, and cleaned up afterwards!  We had a perfect division of labor into clean foodies and grubby mosaickers.  A match made in heaven.

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