Some nights, I leave the tabs of my web browser’s window open so that in the morning, I can revisit my stops along the way down the rabbit hole. Imagine my delight when I rediscovered the link to Mosaikaa Montreal-based art manufacturer collaborating with some of today’s most high-profile contemporary artists.

Mosaika’s specialty is bringing massive, intricate visions of mosaic artworks to life. Their projects have included Chuck Close’s portraits in the New York City subway and a 2,500 square foot mural at a Harlem bus depot designed by Shinique Smith.


 Alex, by Chuck Close in collaboration with Mosaika (that’s artist Alex Katz portrayed). Ceramic mosaic installed in the 86th Street and 2nd Avenue NYC Subway station.


 A detail of Close’s Poszi mosaic


 During the installation of Mother Clara’s Garden, a mosaic made of stained glass, hand made ceramics and glass smelt, by Shinique Smith in collaboration with Mosaika


 Detail of Mother Clara’s Garden


 Luis Jacob’s 2012 Spirit of the Grotto mosaic, in the Dufferin Underpass right here in Toronto

The mind-boggling effort that goes into these artworks is illustrated in this video showing the installation of a Micah Lexier work in downtown Toronto.