Monday, December 10, 2018

Cape May Map Cartography in Glass Tile Smalti Mosaic

This mosaic map of Cap May is a 50th birthday present for my brother. It is based on the arial view of the Cape May coast line to include the canal and the US Coast Guard base.

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Finished Italian smalti mosaic of Cape May.

The style of this mosaic was inspired by Rachel Sager, but more closer followed the Google image map of the area. I struggled when trying to represent the main streets; their definition got lost as the mosaic filled in. Maybe I should have left a 1/16 inch gap. Quite a bit of the marsh area by the Garden State Parkway was edited out because I just ran out of room on this scale.

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The Google image of Cape May.

I am always surprised at how long a mosaic takes to complete. I get so invested in the placement of each tiny piece of glass. I try to plan the balance of color, like framing the terra-cotta colored compass with green, its color compliment. I hoped this would give a focal point with so much gray in the land mass, but I hated it. I chiseled out the tiny bits and replaced them with deep chocolate brown bars that fade into the charcoal gray grout. It's better, I think.

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My progress on the Cape may mosaic. 

Finally finished. Happy Birthday Brian!

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