Creating mosaics is an art. Not everyone can create a masterpiece by arranging small pieces of colored glass. Mosaics have been around for a very long time. The earliest example dates from the 4th century BC and it has been found in an ancient Macedonian city. Creating a mosaic is similar to building a puzzle, except that you don’t work with matching pieces.
Mosaics can come in different sizes. The Great Hunting Scene, for example is 64 meters long. Most of the first mosaics discovered by archaeologists are of religious nature. This is because churches have always been very rich, and they could afford to spend money on grand projects that people could worship. It is amazing how much detail is preserved and how vivid some of the most ancient mosaics are. Even though they have been around for centuries, they still influence people.
Some of the most gorgeous mosaics found in the world today are a carefully selected combination of several types of materials. It is very hard to arrange glass and wood in such a way that they complement each other perfectly. This is why not every mosaic is a masterpiece, but the ones that are worth mentioning, are dazzling.
In today’s world there are mosaics everywhere, not just in churches and palaces. A very interesting example of how mosaics have evolved is the 81st Street-Museum of Natural History subway station in New York City. The different patterns and techniques used there show just how much this art has changed.
Today’s artists are not afraid to experiment. They combine different styles to create stunning results. Mosaic elements are found in pottery, architecture, woodworking, and many other fields. The market is also filled with items that have some sort of mosaic motif – lamps, tables and other furniture, sinks, fountains, and many other examples of exterior decoration. The mosaic influence on cloth is called applique and it is very popular with children’s clothing designers.
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