[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_raw_content]Mosaic Gloucester is an exciting project which will celebrate our heritage, catalyze art and community engagement in Gloucester.  Gloucester artist Lesley Davison plans a visual representation of Gloucester’s oral history, to tell its layered tales —through its citizens— in a lasting, accessible, and engaging way.  This mosaic interpretation of Gloucester’s heritage will be a beautiful addition to the City as it hangs in a prominent location on Americold’s 69 Rogers Street wall.  The mural is being undertaken with the support of Americold, The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, The Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association, The Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester Schools’ Art faculty and the City of Gloucester.

Over the next seven months, the community will be brought together to create and then celebrate the unveiling of a 100-square foot mosaic.   We envision this as an annual process which will bring the community together to tell and depict its own stories on the Americold wall over the next few years.

A few the project’s sample tiles, to give an idea of what the community members will create:

Stage one is fieldwork: going out into the community to gather information. Lesley will start with her own hypotheses but will explore, document, chronicle, map out what she discovers about boatbuilding, fishermen and their families, the fish-processing industry, cultural groups and immigration, Gloucester’s particular past, illustrating topics within topics.  Stage two: as designer and facilitator she will synthesize discoveries into a sketch of imagery to be tiled.  Stage three: making tiles. A portion of the tiles will be created in the community through workshops with sites in the community: senior centers, clubs, students in the schools.  Stage four: bringing it all together – The artist will work with student interns, adhering tiles to the surface of the panels, finishing with grout, and then working with engineering experts to hang the panels on the wall.  Stage five:  Archiving of oral histories, installation of coded map with link to audio versions of the Mosaic’s oral histories and publication of book with the mosaic’s imagery and stories

Lesley made a similar large mosaic working with community in Florida: