Back in November, I told you about Under the Clothespin
, a new Mural Arts Program mosaic commissioned by REIT Management to enliven the dreary Centre Square subway concourse.
The mosaic, created by artists Miriam Singer
and Emilie Ledieu
, is a cheerful mashup of Philadelphia’s urban landscape that focuses on Centre Square, and interprets the personal geographies of individual Philadelphians.
Since late last year, the artists and their assistants have been hard at work transferring their design from concept to reality, and they’ve been kind enough to let me check in along the way.
In the fall, the artists and their team started work in a studio space at Kensington's Viking Mills. They began by projecting the design at full scale and traced it in sections. Those tracings were used as guides to cut glass and piece sections of the mosaic. In addition to colored glass, the artists silkscreened some pieces with maps showing places near Centre Square, while others represent places that people come from or travel through to get to Centre Square. Ledieu estimates that for the 400 square foot installation, they used about 500 square feet of glass.
On site, the artists prepared the concourse’s tile walls and started installing the mosaic late last year. Thanks to warm weather and a protected site, the project has plowed forward on an ambitious timeline and the artists hope to finish in a matter of weeks.
Here are a couple of peeks into the process of taking the artwork from design to installation.
The Masonic Temple