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Watermelon Hills Mosaic Images

“Watermelon Hills Forever” mosaic is a tribute to the beauty of the Sandia Mountain foothills - Albuquerque’s preserved open space.

“Watermelon Hills Forever” Mosaic 

Artist: Nevenka Milic Chavez

 

Images of the mosaic can be see at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Rd. NW 87120.

Call 897-8831 for details.

“Watermelon Hills Forever” mosaic is a tribute to the beauty of the Sandia Mountain foothills - Albuquerque’s preserved open space. The mosaic is installed on the wall located “in front” of the majestic view of the Sandia Moutains. Mosaic was completed in June 2012.

The installation process was 18 months long. The preceding ongoing design process was a daily visual exercise routine for almost a year until the first mosaic tile was laid down and ongoing after that: The real challenge was to establish the right alignment of the mosaic’s rolling hills to the background mountain.

Since the mosaic was going to be seen from more than one vantage points, the rolling hills of the mosaic needed to correspond and align to the mountain regardless from where they are seen. It was that visual illusion that needed to be designed that was the essential part of the piece. It was easier to design by observing the relation of the wall and the mountain prior the installation had begun than to design on the paper.

It was like exploring the topography while working on its representation. It was like climbing on one hill to see what view will get revealed and then moving to the next one.

The size of the mosaic is 360SF, the individual tiles are 1”x1”, 5 different grout colors were used. 

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