Chuck Close Poszi, in the 86th Street and 2nd Avenue NYC Subway station. All photos courtesy of Mosaika
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 Mosaika, a 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.