Mosaic: A Community Tribute is a community-engaged project based in Bleecker Street Co-operative, led by artists Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston. More than 90 participants between the ages of two and 86 worked together to create this public artwork. We talked about community, activism, diversity, inclusion, environmentalism, co-operative housing, celebrating youth and elders, and how this might be reflected in visual language. Participants produced over 25 individual and group sketches; with this, Anna Camilleri created one design based upon a shared vision. Then we cut, smashed, and nipped thousands of pieces of tile. 141 square feet. 18’ wide x 8’ high. 1,000 volunteer hours.
We gratefully acknowledge the citizens of Toronto and Ontario for their support through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks to Bleecker Street Co-op members, staff, and board of directors.