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“Mosaic House” is a wonderful documentary short film, a portrait of mosaic artist Susan Gardner, 70, a third-generation New Yorker. The documentary is part of a series called “New Yorkers,” created by Moonshot Productions.
Wyckoff Street between Smith and Hoyt in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill is a long, tree-lined block of brick homes in varying shades of brown. But amidst the beige and burnt sienna, like a shot of confetti nestled among a line of brown crayolas, sits number 108. Instead of brick, there are beads. And broken mirrors and shells. And a starburst of buttons, and jewels, and marbles, and a menagerie of tiny plastic animals. Bits of coral are encrusted in the walls, and the curlycued bars on the windows are wrapped in beads. Tens of thousands of colorful pieces creep downward onto the patio, and also move upward to the second floor like vines with lives of their own.
This is the project of Susan Gardner, who has spent each summer for the past ten years crouching on her patio or scaling a ladder, adding to this expanding mosaic. The mosaic project began just before September 11, when her anger over the neighborhood’s growing slickness and homogeneity was hitting a tipping point. A small flower was her first design. Then, two planes crashed into Manhattan’s twin towers, and she couldn’t stand to stay alone inside. She grabbed some tiles and beads and started working furiously. “It was one of those things that seemed to change the tilt of the world,” she says. “Once I started, I couldn’t stop. The idea is that everything in the world does suck,” she states. “But there’s got to be some joy in there somewhere.“
This piece includes colorful photographs and the inspiring documentary short film.
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A Roman mosaic floor filled with scenes depicting pagan rites and oriental gods has emerged from the ground of a Catholic church in Italy, archaeologists announced.
The mosaic pavement, which measures 140 square feet and dates to the fourth century A.D., was unearthed at a depth of about 13 feet below the the ground's surface during archaeological investigations in the crypt of the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia, in central-northern Italy.
"The size and design of the mosaic pavement suggest that it formed the floor of a huge room. We believe this was the residence of a wealthy Roman," Renata Curina, the archaeologist in charge of the dig, told Discovery News.
The fact that depictions of pagan gods had lain for hundreds of years just a few meters under the cathedral doesn't come too much as a surprise, according to the archaeologist.
"The church was built on top of preexisting building structures. This is rather normal in Reggio Emilia. We can see that little care was taken of the mosaic floor, since pillars are built on top of it," Curina said.
Made up of small tesserae — tiny tiles — of different materials, which include colored stones, glass cameos and golden leaves, the intricate mosaic floor features geometric designs of circles and squares with little figures of dancers, flowers and birds such as magpies and peacocks.
What makes the mosaic unique, however, are three large mythological scenes.
"So far all scenes show naked figures. We are still trying to figure out their meaning. I believe that more clues might come to light as we continue to dig," Curina said.
The scenes are rather unusual. One shows a naked man falling into someone's arms, another displays two naked figures — a man and a woman — wearing jewels. The woman holds a just caught fish, while the man holds two live ducks.
Another extraordinary scene shows a naked man wearing an ivy crown and holding a lotus flower in his right hand.
In his left hand, the mysterious character holds a lituus. This is a crooked cane which in ancient Rome was used by the augurs as a cult instrument. The cane was regarded as a symbol of a priestly group.
The augurs were religious officials who observed natural signs, such as the flight of birds, in order to interpret them as indications of divine approval or disapproval.
"Symbols such as the lotus flower and the ivy crown might hint that this was a private room dedicated to the cult of oriental gods," Curina said.
According to Luigi Malnati, superintendent of archaeological heritage in Emilia Romagna, such pagan scenes must have been pieced together before 380 A.D., the year when the emperor Theodosius proclaimed Christianity the state religion. Indeed, a series of decrees in 391-392 A.D. banned and punished pagan cult practices within the empire.
"This is one of the most important and interesting mosaics in northern Italy. It stands out for its size, design and refined technique," Malnati said.
Roger Ling, a professor of classical art and archaeology at the University of Manchester, U.K., and the author of "Ancient Mosaics," agreed. "It's a sensational discovery," Ling told Doscovery News.
Once fully detached and restored, the mosaic will be put on display at a local museum...A Roman mosaic floor filled with scenes depicting pagan rites and oriental gods has... more
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To honor Michael Jordans induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Gatorade created the Jordan Series, a set of six limited-edition labels commemorating his legendary career. Gatorade then used over 14,000 bottles to re-create one of Jordans greatest G Moments.
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BREAKING NEWS: Mosaic producer Jamal Dajani reports live from Israel on the Gaza air strikes.
Mosaic gives you the news from these networks in English:
Al Jazeera TV, Qatar
Abu Dhabi TV, UAE
Al Arabiya TV, UAE
Al Alam TV, Iran
Alsumaria TV, Iran
Press TV, Iran
Al Iraqiya TV, Iraq
Bagdad TV, Iraq
Syria TV, Syria
Jordan TV, Jordan
Dubai TV, UAE
Nile TV, Egypt
IBA TV, Israel
NBN TV, Lebanon
Saudi TV, Saudi Arabia
Palestine TV, Ramallah
Mosaic is a Peabody award winning news program that gives you all of the news from the Middle Eastern Countries themselves; in English.
(Transcripts are also available-wow)BREAKING NEWS: Mosaic producer Jamal Dajani reports live from Israel on the Gaza air... more
While I was traveling around Europe, I started collecting photographs of this guys work.. he creates mosaics of space invaders and tags them all over the city..
Then I stumbled across this video on Youtube, and this is just an awesome genre of graffiti that deserves more exposure.
While I was traveling around Europe, I started collecting photographs of this guys... more
According to the latest census figures, compiled in 2006, B.C. leads the country in mixed-race unions. 5.9 per cent of couples are from different ethnic backgroundsAccording to the latest census figures, compiled in 2006, B.C. leads the country in... more
Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. These programs provide a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the U.S. media. We connect American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community.
Featuring Democracy Now!, World Music and Mosaic.
Definitely worth contributing to there pledge drive.
Channel 375 on DirecTV.
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Using more than 2,000 of those ubiquitous brightly-colored sticky scraps, Alvarez composed a three-dimensional representation of the famous musician. The piece has just gone on display at Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, Washington, where Alvarez is in his second year of studies.Using more than 2,000 of those ubiquitous brightly-colored sticky scraps, Alvarez... more