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Object: Turtles in the Pool           Commission

Materials: Vitreous Glass Tile

Dimensions: Range: 20" to 13" long

Method: Indirect on tile tape, before final installation on-site

The family Waitman, parents and a pair of twins, were ready to build their long awaited swimming pool. To personalize it, they requested a mosaic of a family of turtles representing themselves, to hang out at the "beach" section of the pool.

Central to my idea was to make sure all the turtles were cut from the same cloth, but still stand alone as unique individuals, just like their human counterparts. The swimming pool was to have a dark surface, so any design needed to read well in reverse or be comprised of light colors. Another consideration was how to incorporate something very personal to the family without it being too obvious. This last goal was accomplished by incorporating a "W" (for their last name) into the design of the turtles' shell.

Take a swim with this fun family in the "beauty" section, see how it all started in the lab in "create" and finally in "install", you'll find all the work done on-site.