Mosaic Mural To Be Unveiled

Mosaic Mural To Be Unveiled
Maribell Perez, a fine art major, works on a portion of the mosaic in February.
Pamela Cruz, a graphic design major, worked on the mural with about 50 other students.
Art Lecturer Joyce Hesselgrave enjoys the Lyle Center amphitheater amid a mosaic mural she designed.

The campus community is invited to the Oct. 19 unveiling of “Waterdance,” a mosaic mural designed by art Lecturer Joyce Hesselgrave and produced by about 50 students.

Thousands of pieces of glass bring color and vibrancy to the concrete amphitheater at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

“The inspiration for the design is our special resource of water,” Hesselgrave says. “I used the images of flowing water and rock terrain as my muse. The actual drawing is based upon a 'fractal' idea of a topographical map of the Lyle Center.”

The project has been more than a year in the making. Inspired by the mosaics Hesselgrave's students create in her crafts class, Art Chair Babette Mayor suggested the idea to Kyle Brown, director of the Lyle Center.  

“So, last summer, we brainstormed ideas and I took it from there,” Hesselgrave says.

It took a few mock-ups before coming to the current design. Students did most of the construction of the mosaic, which had been broken down into grids. The students worked on individual concrete panels that were then installed over the existing walls of the amphitheatre, says Debbie Scheider, project coordinator for Lyle Center.

Cement technicians and contractors installed the panels and laid tile to smooth out the edges of the panels.

Donations for the project were made by Moon Maiden Mosaics, Ken Cairn Stained Glass, Larry Maes with the Southern California Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Lou Valenzuela of Cemex and the Loveland family of Monrovia.

The Art Department and the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies will celebrate the unveiling of “Waterdance” on Oct. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy a reception with music, wine and cheese.

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