A Monumental 3-Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg

Artist Gerhard Marx in conjunction with Spier Architectural Arts recently created an enormous sculptural mosaic of an aerial photograph of Johannesburg, South Africa. Seven professional mosaic artists, together with nine apprentices worked for 5 months to complete the project using natural stone such as marble and travertine, fragments of red brick, ceramic elements and chippings of Venetian smalti glass. In the end, the 56-panel aerial image weighs nearly three tons and was presented last month at the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Watch this video to see how the piece came together, and also learn about another work created through an additional partnership between Spier and artist Sam Nhlengethwa.

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Via: Colossal Submissions

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