Public Works

In addition to teaching individual artists how to cultivate expertise in the mosaic medium, CMS is also committed to sharing our art form with our community and world. Over the years we have been privileged to partner with many schools, businesses, organizations, and city districts to create lasting public artwork that can be enjoyed by all. 

These mosaic sculptures were commissioned and created in conjunction with the Cool Globes organization, which is a public art exhibit that raises awareness of global warming and environmental issues. Both were designed by CMS founder and director Karen Ami. The first globe, "Windy City Andamento," made in 2008, celebrates sustainable energy by depicting three-armed forms that mimic the shape of wind turbines encircling the globe. They surrounded by a swirling airy pattern of tesserae, which draws comparisons between the fluid movement of the air and the sinuous flow of mosaic Andamento. The second globe, "Green Manufacturing," highlights the subject of sustainable manufacturing by depicting brilliant flowers erupting from smokestacks in the place of smoke. The globes are part of a traveling exhibit that has visited Copenhagen, London, Geneva, San Francisco, and Houston; it was most recently located in Brooklyn, NY.

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