Americold’s facade on Rogers Street is vast and plain — what a great site for a mosaic mural! But what a daunting task! It would take decades to cover its entire surface with mosaic.
So, the challenge became: how to make a piece of art with impact, without the mosaic looking like a tiny postage stamp on this gigantic envelope?
I decided to make a series of fish (each one will measure approximately 4’ x 8’). Each panel will be mounted on the surface of the wall, and will be made up of tiles and mirror on a backing board. Illustrations of stories provided by Gloucester citizens will be highlighted on each fish, and the background tiles will be colorful, textured, and made by citizen-participants.
As each fish panel is completed, they can be mounted on the wall. As many fish could be added as funding and public interest allows. The wall is ample — we’re unlikely to run out of space.
Interviews of Gloucester citizens inform the content of the highlighted illustrations, transformed into tiles to be included in the mosaic.
Imagery is also drawn from historical photographs and oral histories. An effort has been made to include stories of people from a variety of backgrounds and neighborhoods.
Also included are selections of poetry from and about Gloucester.
Local landmarks large and small will also be featured in the design.
People in the community are making wide variety of tiles, which are being glazed in a spectrum of colors to be used to fill in the background of the fish panels.