Person-made art resonates with the touch of the hand (irregularity). Using natural materials reminds people of their essential being on this planet. Seeing something everyday within the home setting brings layers of meaning to a resident of Orange Villas.
Pebble mosaics have a long history, but a bumpy path. I flipped the stones so that the surface was flat to allow all-people access. It is sort of a reversed pebble mosaic. Each stone is cut in half and place in a mold, flat side down. Concrete is poured around the design and what you step on is the bottom of the mold side.
I chose DNA for the image concept because it speaks of our time in scientific discovery. Since pebble mosaics last a long time, I want it to show what our current culture is thinking about to future generations. It also made for a lovely design.
The rock motif continues through the project with the arches. Carefully chosen rocks with a natural patina of years in the sun are welded into holders. Strong, individual and yet lace like when viewed from the motor court. If I lived there, I would probably befriend a rock in particular.
These rocks morphed by eons of years are in contrast, and thus in rhythm with the angular tile work and the angles of the architecture.
This is an art of collaborations: with Carlos Rodriguez’s architecture, with Harry Mestyanek’s landscape design, and the needs of the residences, through Coronado Interfaith Housing Corporation.