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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The WMA Mystery Mosaic

With the precious help of my good friend Greg Henderson, I designed last fall a new way to design and build mosaics. I named it Opus Pixellatum in reference to the digitalization of the design.

I will develop the concept in a next post. Asian Face is a good illustration of an Opus Pixellatum mosaic

My whole Yezidi Eyes collection is realized in Opus Pixellatum. 

Now, beginning this next Thursday, April 21st, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, YOU - the public, will have the opportunity to build an Opus Pixellatum mosaic - the Mystery Mosaic - all by yourself ! 

I designed this Mystery Mosaic after a famous portrait. Measuring 4' x 4', this is the biggest mosaic I ever designed. I even had to build a special platform to work on it ! 

The principle is simple : it is basically Mosaic by Number ! Beside the colourful borders I already laid, the mosaic is composed of several thousand 3/4" x 3/4" glass tiles. There are seven different colours numbered from 1 (Pitch Black) to 7 (China White). These tiles are to be glued on the model, following the numbers printed on it. 

The mosaic is built reverse method : the tiles are laid upside down, on a mirror image of the actual finished mosaic. Once all the tiles are laid, a supporting frame is glued on top of the mosaic, then flipped, and one can see the mosaic for the first time ! 

Platform and Model have been installed in the downstairs hall of the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Beginning on Thursday, April 21, and the duration of the "Made in Alabama" show, visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to carefully and precisely glue the tiles on the model.


This being a Mystery Mosaic, I told no one (not even my daughter, ho was not pleased about it !) whose portrait the mosaic is and you are all encouraged to figure it out. 

Regular updates of the progression will be posted on a special WMA Mystery Mosaic Facebook Page.

Join us this coming Thursday at the Art after Hours event, and glue some tiles ! 

I am a modern mosaic artist with a deep admiration for ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine Arts. You can see some of my own mosaics on my site mosaicblues.


If you are interested by this project or by my work in general  or if you would simply like to drop me a line, please 

contact me by email at   

or by phone at (334) 798 1639. 
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Note : tiles used for the Mystery Mosaic are provided by Mosaicartsupply in Atlanta, GA.

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