This week our Artist-in-Residence Lucas Hitch finished a set of 6 picnic table mosaics in Jacumba. The project was an original design submitted for a $5,000 Community Enhancement Grant funded by the San Diego County Supervisors for the Jacumba-Boulevard Revitalization Alliance.
|Matching finished tiles to designs before instal|
|Making snakes from scratch|
|Mock up of finished table with 'sandy' mosaic background|
Lucas's design concept called for all 6 picnic table tops to be covered with a carefully designed mosaic. Separately, each table will stand alone as art, but taken together they will form one image of three snakes. "The snakes are not necessarily meant to be photographed and pieced together by the public" Lucas says. "The art is experienced by looking at the image and seeking out the various tables. More like a scavenger hunt."
|Original Concept Art of tables & finished tables- Lucas Hitch|
|Jacumba students sign the finished tiles|
"They can bring their parents and their friends here and show off their work" said Lucas. "It gives the students and, through them, the community a real sense of ownership in the project. The impact of this project will last for years to come."
|Jacumba students learn to set tiles on a picnic table|
Students from the Jacumba After School program learned about the art of ceramics, the importance of designing and planning ahead of time when building a mosaic, and enjoyed breaking up ceramic tiles that have become the sandy background for the snakes. They even got to learn how to apply grout and lay tiles.
|Lucas Hitch, IVDM Artist-in-Residence|