Monday, February 29, 2016

Mosaics on Broadway!

Ta da! She's out of San Pedro! Well, virtually, anyway.

This picture is from the Piece by Piece Facebook page, and I hope they don't mind me displaying it. It shows the beautiful mosaic wall at Broadway Village II, 5101 South Broadway in Los Angeles. Title: Broadway Blooming. The 40-foot-wide mosaic was built by the community in 2015. as you can see in this picture from the Piece by Piece website:

Financial support came from the California Arts Council and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. That funded local workshops so that over last summer, residents could come together to create the mural--making flowers bloom on mesh during Open Studio Fridays.

Artists both experienced and un used recycled tiles and materials for the blossoms, But that's not all--there were workshops on Skid Row and other locations, and artists from around the world assembled and mailed more mosaic flowers for the wall, including Chris Piloto and his band of street children in Rio de Janeiro.

500 flowers. Those were mounted on the garden wall as you can see here.

Piece by Piece has been working with Broadway Village II since 2008 on many projects, and this wall, completed last October is just one of them. From their website and press releases:

Piece by Piece is a non-profit organization operating in South Los Angeles and Skid Row to fulfill its mission to provide low-income and formerly homeless people free mosaic art workshops using recycled materials to develop marketable skills, self-confidence, earned income and an improved quality of life. 

You can view and buy smaller art pieces by the mosaic artists of Piece by Piece here.  They've also opened their own gallery space at Mercado La Paloma, at 3655 E. Grand.

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