Mosaic Bench Project Keeps Eco-Art Alive During the Winter at Yale Acres

Over the past couple months, JoAnn Moran has brought another community art project into fruition at Yale Acres. The Mosaic Bench project adds another layer of more experiential learning and engagement to the energy and modernization overhaul that is in progress at Yale Acres. Where neighbors that share a sidewalk entrance to their unit would work together or separately to create the mosaic design, the resulting bench will be placed on the green space between the two front doors. The benches continue with the green technology, and ecological awareness themes that began over the summer with the Red is Green Art Awareness Initiative.

The mosaic designs are being made in a traditional technique with glass tessera called “smalti”, which are the made of the same composition used in mosaics of classical Byzantine art and architecture. Pretty cool.

This particular project is designed to be ongoing, and something can be led by residents themselves. So far, the project has attracted a multi-generational group of participants, and has increased the residents level of involvement with the beautification of their neighborhood.

Sunflower Bench long smA nearly completed bench design.

Mom and daughter Yale benches smMother and Daughter working on the mosaic.

butterfly bench lizzyDetail of a bench mosaic in progress.

Sunflower bench Nayeli 2An enthusiastic participant.

Sunflower bench sm detailFlower detail.

butterfly bench JaylynAnother mosaic bench design.

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