Mosaic Art Project to be Installed at Lyle Center Amphitheater

Mosaic Art Project to be Installed at Lyle Center Amphitheater
Maribell Perez is one of the nearly 50 students creating the elaborate mosaic.
Artistic rendering of the amphitheatre.

Using colored glass that is hand-cut, nearly 50 art students have worked painstakingly since last fall on mosaic panels scheduled to be installed in June as an impressive amphitheatre in the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

The concept was created by art lecturer Joyce Hesselgrave, who sketched her design in pastel then digitally reconfigured it to an existing concrete amphitheatre. The swirls and designs depict a topographic map of the center.

“The rhythmic lines and vortex of the drawing are meant to evoke the power of water, which sustainable resources rely heavily on,” says Hesselgrave. “In this way, we can make an aesthetic of the dynamics of the Lyle Center work.”

This form of installation is considered a new application of the traditional mosaic art form, which spread from Greek Asia Minor in the 2nd century B.C. to Italy where it was fully developed, especially in Pompeii and Rome.

Installation is slated to begin the week of June 12 and will take 2-3 weeks to complete. To view the students progress, visit