The Friends of Marquam Nature Park in SW Portland and artist Lynn Takata have been doing a series of workshops over the last couple of months exploring nature through art and poetry, with the final result to be a new public art piece: the Marquam Mosaic. The mosaic featuring local flora and fauna will cover the amphitheater wall at the shelter at Marquam Nature Park.
Today my wife took our son to the Family Art Workshop at Hillsdale Library to make leaf mosaics and clay prints (our friends Laura and Jasper were there, too).
It will be exciting to see how Patrick’s leaf mosaic and clay print make it into the final mosaic! With the bit of blue in his glass leaf, it should be pretty easy to find. I think that such a participatory project for a community to get involved in is wonderful, and even more so when it is nature-based. To get an idea of how the mosaic may look, the artist has photos from other mosaic projects on her website, as well as photos from previous Marquam Mosaic workshops.
A list of upcoming Marquam Mosaic workshops and events, including the installation throughout August and the dedication on September 28, is here. Visit the Marquam Mosaic Facebook page, and Marquam Nature Park on The Intertwine’s website.