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A River Runs Through It: Gary Drostle

London-based artist Gary Drostle makes stunning public mosaics that quickly become icons for the areas in which they reside.  Beyond being an enormously talented artist, Drostle has an almost uncanny knack for capturing the heart of a place in his elegant and intricate designs.  In this article, which was originally published in the 2011 edition of Mosaic Art NOW the magazine, we follow Drostle’s process – from design to installation – in the creation of several floor mosaics commissioned by the University of Iowa for their new Wellness Center.  The author, Julie Richey, assisted Drostle in several steps of the making of  “The River of Life” and “Movement and Vitality.”   Links to additional articles Richey wrote for MAN capturing those experiences and a video interview with Gary during the installation are below.  Enjoy –– Nancie 

Also on MAN:
  • River of Life Part 1 here
  • It’s All About The Andamento: River of Life Part 2 here
  • “Tweaking”:  River of Life Part 3 here
  • The Path To Great Mosaic Design:  River of Life Part 4 here
  • Video of River of Life  here

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  1. John Botica

    Amazing artist!!Amazing work!!!!I only hope that people can appreciate the magnitude of this project and Gary’s art in general.
    Thank you Nancie,for such a beautiful report!It was so fulfilling…..

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