Mosaics are a very old form of art that deserves greater recognition. The art of mosaic has existed for thousands of years, yet very few of us are aware of their greatness and of that they still, in the techno world of today, are such an influence on humanity’s creative minds and scientific societies.
Here are some FAQ to shed some light on their history, their origin and our modern twist
1=What’s the meaning of “mosaic”?
Mosaics have been vastly used in Christian churches to bedizen walls and ceilings. A picture or design made from hundreds sometimes thousands of small pieces of colored tile, glass, or other material set in mortar.
~Today‘s scientists use “mosaic” in labs: In genetics a mosaic, or mosaicism, is the presence of two or more populations of cells with different genotypes in one individual, who has developed from a single fertilized egg.
It sounds complicated, watch this video by “SimpleScience”to better understand its implication, It’s truly amazing.
2=When did mosaic make its first appearance?
The earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials were found at a temple building in Ubaid, Mesopotamia, and are dated to the second half of 3nd millennium BCE.Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials.
~New Old mosaics were recently discovered in the ancient Greek city of Zeugma, most stunningly well-preserved mosaics are dating back to 2nd century BC. This discovery is certainly keeping our scientific communities busy and astounded by their grandeur, surely hungry for further discoveries.
Video from “ShantiUniverse”
3=Who was the first to fashion the mosaic?
The Greeks, invented the alleged tessera technique, they also elevated the pebble mosaic to an art of great sophistication. Mosaics in antiquity were first made of uncut pebbles of systematic size, thus The Greeks take the torch.
~“Today’s” There are no specific “who”,we modernized mosaics and brought it to a different level but always in respecting it’s ancient root of course. Modern mosaic are seen around the world, vastly found in Europe and the U.S..Covering everything from park benches and flowerpots to serving trays, instruments and vehicles. Some as small as a piece of jewelry or as large as a building.
4=Why did Ancient Empires have mosaics?
The floors of Roman structures were often amply decorated with mosaics.Their Mosaic floors were a proclamation of riches and prominence. Often used to depict important character in their history, even the mythical ones. The Wealthy Romans embellished all of their main rooms with mosaics. There are so many exemplar of Ancient mosaic still existing today.
~Today’s why; mosaic are used as crafts, statements and self-expression. Created by individuals of any background; a hard working nurse like Tilda Shalof or a prominent artist like “French Invader”, both are a great example of how broad mosaic art has become. Yes still loved, created and seen in every cities across the globe.
In this video from “Toronto Star”, Tilda Shalof’s story behind her mosaic mural creation. A true inspiration.
A lots of easy DIY resources are available such as YouTube and local workshops.
Multiple techniques can be used in order to create something unique to you.
So to sum it up, humanity is always evolving, but as it does, It never leaves behind roots from our past creative history.