Compass Cement Floor

Technically, this isn’t a mosaic, but it took just as long to piece the whole thing together, so I’m including it here.

In 2011 I was set loose in a large, relatively empty room with an open invitation to create what I like.

Four days later, with an aching back and bruised knees, this is what emerged.

I’ve always been pulled toward compass/nautical images, both ancient and modern; and for a long time have had a black and white sketch that’s been dying to get painted on a floor.

While not in paint, this was all done with different variations of concrete stain on a very rough and unprepared slab of cement. There was no sanding or acid involved; I ripped up the carpet, scraped away the larger chunks of old glue, mopped, and went at it.