Category Archives: Blacksburg

Quirky Dutch Summer #5 Mosaic / Mozaïek

Marit is an endless font of inspiration, you will not want to miss her Mosaic post full of ideas and more…

 we visited one of our favorite spots in Blacksburg, Virginia recently that has a wonderful mosaic constructed about 15 years ago by public school students, teachers and other volunteers on the side of a gas station…

imagine our shock and dismay to discover it was soon to be torn down and demolished…

we could not believe our eyes and felt so helpless…

 just what they need in Blacksburg more empty store fronts and office space in an ugly brownstone building…

by chance we got to meet the builder, Steve Hill, a former Blacksburg resident and member of Virginia Tech’s Class of 1970…

  we looked him in the eyes and he did not seem too concerned about the wrecking of the mural as he said it would have cost $10,000 or more to try and save the mosaic with no guarantees that it would not crumble…

the photo above is one we took back in 2009, the quote was obscured on this visit by construction debris…

it made me cry and all I could say as we left his office was “this is just so sad“…

 I printed a photo of part of the mosaic wall to use to create my mosaic journal pages…

cutting wavy pieces and using some of my flowers embedded in tissue paper as the focal image on each page…

I cut the shank off the back of a bee skep button to compliment the color in the Black Eyed Susan on the right page…

if you click on “Quirky Dutch Summer” near the top of my sidebar you will find Marit’s wonderful artist interview for this week along with a tutorial for making your own art journal from scratch…

“We are like the spider.
We weave our life and then move along in it.
We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives in the dream.
This is true for the entire universe.” ~The Upanishads

p.s. some of THE most fantastic mosaics we have ever seen are in Philadelphia at The Magic Garden…we visited back in April of 2008 here and here

we look forward to another visit there some day

footnote: in trying to check who to give credit to for the quote on the mosaic wall I came upon this very interesting blog post…for the rest of the story and a great photo of the wall  you can visit here

“Inner vision is the prescription
Art is the physician
Art heals.

Work runs over me some days
My feet point to the sky
Sleep smothers me

If we’re not
we should be

If you were not already doing too much

You wouldn’t be doing this”

art heals

On the side of a gas station in Blacksburg, Virginia is a wonderful and inspirational mosaic covering the side wall.

This particular snippet speaks to me…….again and again…….

art-heals-bburg

“Eventually you will come to understand that Love heals everything, and, Love is all there is.” ~Gary Zukav, American Author