Τρίτη, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2017

Millennia of Mosaics

The Alexander Mosaic, a Roman floor mosaic (100 BC)

The mosaics in New York City’s new 2nd Avenue subway stations, opened on New Year’s Day, are getting lots of attention. Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin designed glass mosaic, laminated glass, and ceramic tiles which were fabricated by several different workshops and studios. The choice of mosaics and tiles echoes the original artwork of the city’s first subway line, which opened for business in 1904. So it’s a long underground tradition. But of course the art of mosaics is much older than a subway system, even if that subway was described by John Reed in 1918 as “smelling like the tomb of Rameses the Great.”

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