Design by Halvorsen Design Partnership

Design by Halvorsen Design Partnership

Please allow a sight digression from my book illustration project as I would like to tell you about another mosaic journey.  This story starts seven years ago when I was selected by John Hancock Insurance Company to make a mosaic for a new park they were building in Boston called the Frieda Garcia Park.  The challenge was to bring children’s art into the park and I started by working with children from United South End Settlements and Ellis Memorial in Boston’s South End.  They made beautiful prints, drawings and collages of birds. In a wonderful collaboration, I placed their birds into my landscape.  The two resulting mosaics  (8′ X 8′ and 8′ X 22′), are titled A Friendly Flock Touches Down, and they are filled with zany birds of all stripes, patterns and colors and every avian species, known and unknown.  The mosaic was fabricated by Unicorn Art Studio in New York and it’s made of  Mexican smalti.

The finished artwork has been stored in crates on Dorchester Avenue for the last seven years because public art projects can get complicated. A big building was supposed to be built next door, but that project fell apart and the process of bringing that to a conclusion and redesigning the park took several years.  The park, on the corner of Stanhope and Clarendon streets,  opened to the public in November 2012 and it is a beautiful addition to the city in a block that bridges Back Bay and the South End.

Boston children clowning around in front of the mosaic

Boston children clowning around in front of the mosaic