Installing the Mosaics (1)

Installing the mosaics for the Auburn Arts Plaza.  

Design by Kathy Frugé-Brown, in collaboration with Gail White Eagle of the Muckleshoot Tribal Arts Council.  
Fabrication: Kathy Frugé-Brown and Monique Catino.  

This project was funded by 4Culture in partnership with the City of Auburn.

With thanks to Kathy Frugé-Brown for the opportunity to work on this project!

The mosaics are a series of 7 foot sections, depicting transformations based on motifs found in the weavings and baskets of the Muckleshoot.  There are 7 sections, making for almost 50 feet of mosaics!  Those mosaics are installed on concrete benches, that will be part of a garden in the plaza next to the Arts Center.  The project was funded by 4Culture in partnership with the City of Auburn.

Mortaring the mosaics in place, one section at a time.  Then adding the gussets and the fringes.  Each assembled mosaic is about 7 feet long.  We'll do this 7 times.

Some mortar for the gussets.

Kathy and I carefully position a 1 foot section in fresh mortar.

There it goes!

It was incredibly hot that day, so we continued mortaring well into the evening, to take advantage of the slightly cooler air.

Almost dark!  Happy to have good lighting so we can continue.  Kathy is putting mortar down for the next section.