We never noticed how many mosaics are in our local community until we started doing them ourselves. Edwin and I adore public art and hope to become public mosaic artists. With our interest in public art, it has been amazing to realize that mosaics are all around us. I always get excited when we are out and about and see a mosaic that we had no idea existed.
I first noticed public art mosaics in Silver Spring when I walked through the pedestrian passageway to get to my classes at Montgomery College. Soon after, I noticed that the back of the benches in downtown Silver Spring are decorated with broken glass. The big stairway next to the fountain in downtown Silver Spring used to be decorated with mosaics too.
When I spot mosaics, I like to look them up, try to find the artist, and learn more about their style and how they got into the art form. Some of the mosaics we see don’t have the name of the artist, making it all the more interesting because we are left to wonder about its story.
Seeing mosaics is inspiring because it is proof that mosaic art is alive and well and is integrated into so much of our community. I have posted photos of some of the mosaics that we have snapped while we were out to show how common they are.
We hope to find many more public mosaics and we hope to one day do some ourselves. :)