Mosaic Artist, Historian, Teacher Lillian Sizemore Explores The Lod Mosaic In Video: Lod 2.0 Above and Below
Here at MAN we’ve been covering The Lod Mosaic, the “Rock Star of Roman pavements”, since 2009 when the Israeli Antiquities Authority began excavating the 1700 year-old pavement from it’s original site in Lod. Since then, the mosaic has captivated thousand of people while on its tour of US museums (starting with The Met) and a multi-million dollar museum is being built to house the mosaic when it returns to Israel. Scholars have written, teachers have lectured, school children have copied and lovers of art and antiquities have swooned over The Lod. All this for what is, basically, a floor covering?
What is it about ancient mosaic pavements that we find so compelling? What is it about their intricate designs and geometric patterns that beguiles us so much?
We are proud to premiere the video “Lod 2.0 Above and Below” by mosaic artist, scholar and MAN’s own Miss Marble, Lillian Sizemore, who has spent years researching The Lod and, in the process, has come up with some fascinating and provocative answers to those questions. In the video, Sizemore explains the mosaic’s symbolism and construction and introduces her revolutionary research that the flat pavement was imagined as a three-dimensional sphere. She decodes the underlying mysteries of this spectacular pavement and explains that ancient Greeks and Romans used the geometric shapes they saw in nature as a foundation for learning. Sizemore points out “Geometry served as a legitimate path of enlightenment, both scientific and spiritual. Ancient mosaic pavements embody vast stores of cultural knowledge, spiritual meaning, and sophisticated geometry, and this is why we resonate with them.”
So get comfortable and prepare to be inspired!
Recommended View: FULL SCREEN + SOUND ON
Run time: 19:27
This video is a short version of Ms. Sizemore’s complete lecture on The Lod Mosaic. For more information and to contact her for further information, please visit her blog at http://sfmosaic.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/the-lod-mosaic-the-universe-in-a-floor/
The Lod Mosaic is currently being shown at the Field Museum in Chicago through April 23, 2012 and then will move on to Columbus Ohio and Philadelphia, PA. To learn more about the mosaic and future exhibition schedules, visit it’s website http://www.lodmosaic.org
To read more about The Lod and other ancient mosaics on MAN, click here