Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Tales from the Mosaic Chair



In 2012 the Focus Pahia Group came together to create this Mosaic seating area near the waterfront. Organisers of the Mosaic Chair project had a vision:  that residents and visitors to Paihia would relax on their beautiful artwork while gazing out at nature’s beautiful artwork, The Bay of Islands.

This project was our longest running and the one that attracted the largest number of volunteers. The mosaic chair was crafted by “hands-of-the-world” – passersby, often visiting town from overseas or other parts of New Zealand,  took part in laying the mosaic pieces!  In true phantom style sections of the mosaic were worked on at home and applied to the chair when ready. The wooden seating (wood slats left over from the Bay Belle project) was designed and crafted off-site and installed just before the unveiling. Today, the mosaic chair is photographed and utilised daily, having place of pride on Paihia’s waterfront.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday, Tuesday Travels, Through my lens, Tuesday Treasures, Wordless Wednesday, My corner of the world.

18 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful -- I love this.

Billy Blue Eyes said...

Interesting seat

Lydia C. Lee said...

Lovely - the seat is shaped in an appealing shape too (visually)

Tom said...

...it's a beauty.

Susan Heather said...

I haven't seen that one. When I saw your heading I thought of Kawakawa.

William Kendall said...

A wonderful concept.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is beautiful and I love the story behind it!

Sylvia said...

Amy, What a great idea! Visitors would like to have a beautiful place to take a photograph and this works so well. Amazing how it all came together. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

Veronica Lee said...

It really is a beauty! The artwork is incredible!

bill burke said...

Very pretty, we have one in Sligo that sits by a river.

Iris Flavia said...

Such a wonderful project, in more than one way!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This is a wonderful result of community participation Amy, all those tiny mosaic pieces are quite a challenge 💜

Sharon said...

Sounds like a great project with something beautiful at the end.

Fun60 said...

What a great idea.

NCSue said...

Fascinating! I would love to sit there - it looks so inviting.
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NatureFootstep said...

wow, that is a gorgeous seating place. :) It looks quite comfortble too.

Terra said...

A brilliant idea, beauty and utility combined, and that visitors and strangers could lend a hand to create it.

betty-NZ said...

For a minute there, I thought you were in my part of the country, as there is a similar one in Opunake.

So happy to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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