mosaic installation

Some inspiration for those cooking Thanksgiving meals today! A full-scale and exactingly detailed kitchen encrusted in a rainbow of glistening beads, Liza Lou’s monumental installation took five years to make. After researching kitchen design manuals as well as historical tracts about the lives of nineteenth-century women, the artist made drawings and three-dimensional models to achieve a loose outline of Kitchen’s floor plan. Lou then fashioned the objects out of paper mâché, painted them, and applied the beads in a mosaic of surface pattern. 

[Liza Lou (b. 1969), Kitchen, 1991–95. Beads, plaster, wood, and found objects. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Peter Norton]

so in the sims, if you install a mosaic removal mod you will notice that man sims have nipples while woman sims do not. however, child sims all have the same model (girls get a shoulder-down mosaic like the women), which makes sense given that they have the same bodies. 

what this means, though, is that a girl sim’s nipples fall off at puberty. sim biology is very strange, to say the least of it.

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Sixteen years ago, Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor traveled to Ravenna, Italy, to learn the ancient art of creating mosaics. “The permanence of the art form is what drew me to it first. Marble and glass do not fade,” he says. Since that transformative moment, he’s devoted his work to expanding people’s ideas of what a mosaic can be. “Using the same materials, tools, and methods of archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice,” he says. “From junk food to coffee to breakfast cereal, my work permanently locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present.”

In 2013, Bachor took this innovative project even further. He decided to use his craft to address a pressing need in his city: filling potholes on the streets of Chicago. He’s experimented with many themes: mosaics that proclaim the potholes as authentic “Chicago-style” potholes, mosaics of flowers and popsicles. In 2015, he was even able to install three such pieces in Jyväskylä, Finland with the help of 109 backers on Kickstarter.

Pothole season will soon be upon us, and Bachor is hoping to fund his next run of mosaics and installations. Help him out right here.

Help the Stephen Gaynor School in New York put solar on their roof. 

For every 50 people who donate, Mosaic will pledge $100 to Stephen Gaynor School to go solar, along with a free quote from a trusted Mosaic installer. What a great project to get involved with. Click here to donate: https://joinmosaic.com/solar/new-york/new-york/stephen-gaynor-school-153772

There’s an interesting story behind this mosaic. Are you ready? [Takes deep breath] Here goes. In 1910, the area around Seventh Avenue & Christopher Street was being widened by the City, which declared eminent domain and razed about 300 buildings. Among them was an apartment building owned by a man named David Hess. Hess fought the City and eventually lost, and this small triangle was all that was left of his former property. Instead of shrugging his shoulders and giving it to the City as asked, Hess installed this mosaic on his property—the date was July 27, 1922. The property essentially became part of the sidewalk used by the public anyway, but technically it is private property. Hess sold the triangle in 1938 to the cigar store it can be found in front of. See it today in front of Village Cigars near the Christopher Street 1 train station. It reads, “Property of the Hess estate, which has never been dedicated for public purpose.”