Collecta Cultura by Jill Gussow
||Wilson Commons, Student Union, U of R, River Campus
Rochester, NY (view Google map)
||72 Square Feet
Description: Mosaic mural in the student union commons
Caption: This mural project is the product of a U. of R. studio art class, "In the class Two Dimensional Design and Public Art. Jill Gussow asked the class to gather data on the cultural backgrounds of the student population. They researched traditional patterns and symbols of the cultures and selected a few patterns each to draw and use as design motifs. The class painted and glazed raw tiles to be used with manufactured tiles. The students developed three variations and voted to select one for the mural. This involved a lot of discussion among the students. It was a slow process, not only in developing the designs but also in the cutting and fitting of each ceramic piece.
The mural celebrates the complexity of the student population and is an homage to the interweaving of cultures that exist on the campus, and in the world."
(From Jill Gussow, February 4, 2008)