For a few years now, our group has been involved in creating collaborative mosaics for the community, and so far produced four wonderful pieces which you can see below. Our latest mosaic "Canada 150" was permanently installed in the Richmond Hill Welcome Centre Immigration Services building in November 2016.
23 members of the MGA collaborated on this mosaic to commemorate Canada's upcoming 150th year of confederation. It celebrates the historical impact of immigrants to this country while acknowledging the indigenous people and their deep roots. It also welcomes newcomers to our collective ‘Canadianity’ and contains imagery teaching them about this amazing land.
It was challenging for artists of various skill levels, styles and perspectives to make their pieces fit into the larger picture but they made it work, beautifully demonstrating how individuals of various backgrounds can bring their ideas and perspectives together to create something wonderful and inspiring.
The process for the mosaic is fascinating: first, a full-size cartoon is created based on the theme selected for the venue. From this image, the sections are cropped and the requisite segments handed out to participating artists.The challenge for each artist is to interpret the shapes, colours and values of the template provided for their section and see within it other “hidden” images, ensuring that the section works as a stand-alone piece that also fits into the bigger picture. These hidden elements created by the artist are treasures for the viewer to discover on close inspection of the artwork.
CANADA 150 mosaic | Richmond Hill Welcome Centre Immigration Services | 96"w x 48"h
above: "PLUGGED IN" | Thornhill Library | 5'W x 7'H
top right: panel for Markhaven Seniors Home | 8'W x 5'H diptych
bottom right: Cornell Library mosaic | 7'W x 4"H