November 4th, 2004
Grouting and Final Preps for Celebrations.
Writen By Shylene Schlackl & Participants
has to come down today…
few written entries have come in before today, so we have our
work cut out for us.
have been a few short writings, including Limericks, a rap and
a 'Haiku'. They are fun and clever.
Once a lovely lass from Victoria,
Came a long, long way to tell a storia.
In the casualty ward,
We were all over ~ awed,
By the creations inspired by Victoria.
By: Veronica Heywood
addition to Mosaic the City, as we have yet to get this kind of
documentation. Its so great how each project brings new ideas
and ways of expanding the ideas of sharing our Community Unity.
worked the morning away on the documentation and presentation
of the project, plus final preparation for the celebration tomorrow
needs to have a storyboard, a project sign/title and a short presentation
to introduce their project's themes and story to the guests. They
have their work cut out for them, as they have mostly left their
writing until now.
is top of the list. But first we must check… check…
check. This 'fix-n-grout' isn't my favorite product. It would
be perfect for a simple floor or wall installation, but not great
for mosaic. I much prefer the cement and acrylic stuff…
But the hospital could only allow certain products and we have
also had issues with the grouting mud water. I have always hated
this hard part of the project. Grout is the hardest part. I always
seem to under-estimate the actual work needed in grouting. I guess
I am always just hoping for the best experience.
Group Four: Bridges and Growth
Mosaic The City
Blue, yellow, silver, scarlet
Streets that were never
Paved in gold
Journal By: Edel Campbell
"…technical issues can often get in the way of creating
meaningful art as many people feel that they are no good and can
end up feeling despondent when pushed, believing that their attempts
are silly and 'not what you'd call art'. For me, getting people
beyond this point, opening up their eyes to the limitless possibilities
of what CAN be, is the greatest goal. The Mosaic The City Project
is a wonderful tool. It's like giving a bag of words to someone
who says they 'cant string a sentence together.' Communities are
everywhere but they only become visible when they work together.
The act of creating a mosaic is simple and complex at the same
time. Each little piece of tile/wood/glass/metal… is of
equal importance and the end result is only as brilliant as its
individual parts, much like communities themselves. I believe
that the 'Mosaic The City' project is a living metaphor for Community
I feel privileged to have been a part of Shylene,
Jonathan & John's bringing the idea to Ireland and to have
worked with Deborah Moon and Sarah Dobbs and the whole team of
people beavering away behind the scenes. It was an inspiration
to see so many 'Yes' people insisting that things just happen
- not happening was never a possibility, only perhaps the 'how'
might change. The team of participants worked incredibly well
together and although at times the pressure to get things done
got quite intense it seemed only to bring people closer, with
the realization that only good team work would get the job done
in the end."
Although we were short
on time, we had to make room for all sorts of information on the
resources of the community. One of the lead questions from the
group was around the financing side of a project.
So today we had a guest
speaker from CREATE,
Arthur Duignan. He came and talked to the group about finding
funding in Ireland, about project organization and how to really
have a successful project. Again this presentation was a wonderful
addition to the project. We have given the participants much information
about this community and the resources available within.
Group Two: TCAC as Junction between Art and Community
Journal By: Martina Carroll:
"The documentation of the story, told in the final image,
presented a greater challenge than we could have imagined. What
emerged in the visual image was more than the simple story that
initiated its creation. Confronted with this explosively powerful
image, the bright yellow shards of tile like shrapnel, smashing
the border and scattering people, our feeble attempts to narrate
our simple tale in words fell apart as the picture began to tell
its own story. This beautiful image is both powerful and terrifying."
1) The TCAC has run into some printer issues and the
groups didn't have their printed materials to use for their storyboards
and signs. This illustrates how leaving things to the last minute
is not such a great idea. It reminds me of my times in college
and university when you burned the midnight oil trying to get
the paper completed then went to print only a few hours before
its due, and the printer goes kaput… leaving you in a total
panic to find another printer.
how your lessons in life can repeat themselves….
The gang at the TCAC had
their work cut out for them….
2) We were all so busy working,
that I have no photos of this day. No record of the mad grouting
or crazy worker bees that totally took over the space.
3) This grout was very hard
to use. With the mixture of sizes and thickness of tiles, it's
usually a task to work on these types, but this grout made it
very hard to work around. Oh well, we know for later.
it's always a learning curve for me....
end of today on top of the grouting & documentation we needed
to clean up the room in prep for the floors to be cleaned for
tomorrows big celebration event.. The Pressure… ahhh!!!
so hard to leave today.. the grouting wasn't totally cleaned..
ahh the pressure to be done in five days, to grout with new products,
to be out by 6pm.. today was a very hard day for everyone.
Good work team..
…. You all pulled together and truly accomplished a heck-of-a
lot of work today!!!!!
left.. tomorrow here we come.