What do you do with your old electronics? Throw them out? Donate them? Sell them? San Francisco artist Jason Mecier does the unexpected: he uses old electronic “junk” to create amazingly textured mosaics. His work is the perfect example of mosaic art in the 21st century: using broken, fragmented pieces of our everyday lives as a form of artistic expression.
I’ve posted about artists who re-work classic pieces of art with a fresh perspective, breathing new life into images we’ve surely seen dozens of times. I especially like it when artists incorporate mosaics into their approach. Nick Smith is a London-based visual artist and interior designer who focuses mostly on screen printing and has most recently created a series of work using Pantone color swatches.
Back in June, I posted about Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor who took it upon himself to tackle the city’s pothole problem by filling them with handmade tile mosaics. He’s recently popped up again with a new approach to his guerrilla pothole repair. He’s transitioned from mosaics featuring arbitrary serial numbers and simple descriptions (e.g. “POTHOLE”) to beautiful floral designs. So far, Bachor has given his floral mosaic treatment to four potholes throughout Chicago; locations and photos can be found on his website. He’s also been commissioned for some truly beautiful installations, photos of which can also be found on Bachor’s site.
In an interesting combination of time-lapse photography and photo mosaic design, UK-based photographer Noel Myles creates remarkable works of art. Nearly 15 years ago, Myles created black and white platinum/palladium prints of trees throughout the eastern part of the English countryside. A decade after that, he photographed the trees in color. By “cutting and pasting” these photos together, he creates a sort of time-lapse photo mosaic of each tree. He refers to them as “still films.”
What happens when you take two world class organizations, The Pittsburgh Penguins and The Mario Lemieux Foundation, and combine it with our mosaic technology, services, and attention to artistic detail: one amazing online photo mosaic experience. The initial goal was to create a large permanent 20ft x 8ft mural in new Penguins CONSOL arena, however with the addition of touch screen kiosks and an online photo mosaic, it became much more. The Mario Mosaic was a great way to involve the community and help raise funds for cancer and neonatal research; without a doubt it has become a main attraction at the new hockey arena.
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Photo mosaics are a passion of ours. We work hard at pushing the mosaic concept to new heights every day. That’s why we’re super excited to introduce a new kind of photo mosaic to our gallery: Shape Mosaics. Rather than building a mosaic based on the color and detail within the source image, these mosaics build a specific solid shape out of your cell images. Perfect for brand logos, silhouettes, and solid shapes.
They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. While exploring the online world of photo mosaics, I came across Kyu Hak Lee’s mixed-media mosaics. Beautifully innovative, his work is an homage to the iconic artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. By cutting small slivers of Styrofoam and wrapping them with newsprint and magazine pages, Lee creates lush, vibrant landscapes of color. Each piece is strategically placed to perfectly mimic Van Gogh’s unique brushstrokes.
An online interactive photo mosaic is the perfect way to bring people together for a good cause. Three years ago, we teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to create a fan-driven photo mosaic. The goal was to show the world what a day in the life of diabetes is really like. The photos came pouring in and the results were truly inspirational. With social sharing and audience engagement being a key factor, the ADA online photo mosaic has played an important role in diabetes awareness these past few years.