Ukranian artist Oksana Mas unveiled her mosaic vision of the Virgin Mary in the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev yesterday. The 7 x 7 meter mosaic is composed of 15,000 wooden Ukranian Easter eggs and weighs 2.5 tons.
The Saint Sophia Cathedral, designed to rival the Hagia Sophia, is known for its splendid Byzantine mosaics.
While clearly doing homage to the Cathedral’s mosaic treasures, Mas has created something modern, reverential and representative of her homeland’s rich culture and traditions.
Mas painted many of the eggs herself but as the project progressed, she enlisted the help of children from around her country to help complete the work.
The video below features an interview with Mas in front of the mosaic. You don’t have to speak Russian to appreciate it. Wonderful images including several close-ups.
Enjoy — Nancie
UPDATE June 2013 Ms. Mas has continued to garner critical acclaim and international visibility for works like these mosaics at the Ukranian Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The video shows construction of the outdoor work in time lapse. See more of Ms. Mas here on her website mas-art.com