Wednesday November 5, 2004
Mosaicking Day and Community Unity
Journal by Shylene Schlackl & Participants
We all spent the morning getting ready for our afternoon of busy Community Unity. We had our work cut out for us, but the room was totally abuzz with energy and excitement. The mosaics are looking awesome and everyone is working swimmingly together.
Late morning we had a great community art presenter, Minnie Doran (Carlow). She is a great presenter and it seems that she works in a similar fashion to myself. I think she will be a fabulous addition to the team of Mosaic the City - Ireland.
The afternoon was here in no time and the guests rolled in! At first they came in slowly but within no time the room was flooded with people. The energy was amazing. The concentration on creation was fabulous.
As with all MtC projects all our participants signed in so we could see just how many hands created these wonderful Community Unity Mosaics.
The hospital mosaic was taken down to "Hospital Street" where the entire hospital was encouraged to glue down a piece. It had much room to be filled in and we weren't sure how well the hospital would accept the work?? Time would tell.
Project Partner: The Adelaide and Meath
Hospital, Incorporating the National Children's
Journal Entry: Sarah Dobbs - Acting Arts Officer
"The value of the arts within a healthcare
setting becomes apparent when patients, staff and visitors participate
in an arts activity. There is no question of course as to the therapeutic
value of the arts in general and in a highly stressful environment
of a hospital, its value is even more important. When the hospital's
mosaic was taken onto Hospital Street (the main hospital corridor)
over 300 staff, patients and visitors participated. Consultants,
doctors, nurses, housekeeping and medical students worked alongside
porters, visitors to the hospital and patients to contribute to
the completion of the mosaic. Hierarchical separation within the
organization was broken down and new bridges were created."
After a few hours the mosaic returns up stairs. Almost totally done, the group carefully moves it back onto the table.. notice the strong men standing by watching…?? Looks heavy Trax…..
When it came back, it was almost totally done.. The team only had a few last minute pieces to add and some touch up work to do. What a great piece. It was so interesting to see how the piece evolved from the original design into the piece it now is.
GREAT COMMUNITY PIECE !!
Group One : Hospital as Heart of Community
Contributions were very personal and deliberate "I enjoyed working with everyone, didn't ever see the day going. Everyone worked so well together. It was wonderful to see doctors, nurses and other staff take the time out to join in and add their own little piece to the mosaic"
Journal Entry Netta Byrne :
"This has been a very exciting and great week and great to see our lovely mosaic progress with ideas on paper from start to its final finish."
Adam- age 2
"What started out as a day of pressure, stress, disbelief in our own capabilities and low energy, once we then got into the flow-mode turned into a day of creative explosion. Our most celebrated participant was Adam, aged 2 years, who proudly placed the two shell spirals."
The mosaic that is going back Canada took some time to come together, but with the help of all the drop-in participants it was close to done, by the end of the day.
Early in the day it was hard to imagine how we could get all the mosaicking done??? Many of us were just not sure how we could manage, but once the hoards showed up the work flew all by itself!!!
"Outside the I heard a lady as she finished her
bit of mosaicking say, "I never knew before that I was creative.
"The highlight of the week was the day that the hospital members and local community were invited in to work on the Mosaics. It was like a wave of realization when all of a sudden the trickle of people through the doors became a flock - these were the people making the mosaics! They were the ones who would realize our idea. A lovely shift happened that day. For the purposes of learning what the whole process is about, it was like the perfect demonstration that saved a thousand words - surrendering ownership with grace (and perhaps just a little hesitation!)"
"It was interesting to hear also the groups feelings about getting over the ownership of the mosaics when members of the public got involved. I liked a quote I found: 'To let go is not to enable but to allow learning from natural consequences."
"For us, the group who did the concept design, we learned that the art of acceptance is letting go!
"'Today', members of the public came and added pieces to our mosaic. It was hard to stand back and let others take over, but I really enjoyed discussing the ideas behind the piece. It was amazing to see how enthusiastic they became and how much they wanted to participate. One of my best friends and my Mother helped too. I really appreciated the fact that they gave up their free time to help."
"Today was a wonderful day - our work took on "its own Life." It has had so much energy pumped into it from so many different individuals. Its conception was such a natural flow of thoughts & ideas which complimented each other and gave rise to even more - something I found surprising considering we (team 2 & our neighbours) are such a diverse gathering of people.
The atmosphere created by our gathering, has been amazing and the flow of energy, creativity, and wonderful Karma has been made visible in the work that has been produced."
Journal Entry John Carpenter:
Journal Entry Participant:
"A girl of seven spent a long time deciding where she would place her mosaic piece - a flower that was carefully selected. She will be looking for it when the piece is shown.
"Some people were hesitant, there was a man with a disability whose body language was as awkward about participating as the medical students'. But once they began, they didn't want to leave and stayed half an hour."
The mosaics all came together. What a day. We hope the "fix and grout" works. It's the first time I've used this product and I'm not sure how well it will work in this type of installation. Deborah says she has used it before, so I trust her…. Tomorrow we will test the mosaics to see how well all is stuck.
By the end of the day, we had over 300 participants :) Awesome!
In the workshop the people rolled in all afternoon, unfortunately not everyone was able to have guests, as we were only able to give two days notice. The amount of people was fine, as the hospital's people just kept coming......
We had participants invite their friends, and spouses, children and grandchildren, parents and siblings. It really has started getting out into the community of Tallaght.
Community Unity feels great.
These mosaics might have been a little too large, but we managed to get them done. Perhaps for the next such workshop we will work on smaller pieces to allow for less pressure.!!!
the grouting and final works for documentation and Celebration.