For this stimulus-funded sidewalk project, artist Robin Brailsford fabricated ammonites, elephants, heath flowers, and diatoms in 8-foot mosaic modules in her studio, to be set in the sidewalk for this dynamic and brilliant civic infrastructure project. As a 3000-sqaure-foot mosaic, the stroll sets the stage for a dynamic new downtown Long Beach. Commissioned by the Long Beach Transit, the project was funded by federal stimulus dollars.
The LithoMosaic system, which Brailsford and concrete contractors Shaw and Sons patented, uses mosaic patterns together with a Lithocrete paving system. This allows mosaics to be installed in a full thickness, monolithic pour, giving designers flexibility to create their own art piece at significantly less cost than other mediums.
"No longer does the artist need to hand-seed the aggregates," Brailsford says. "Complete works can be assembled in the studio and then transported to the jobsite for installation. This also allows review by the client, architects and other team members prior to the final install."
She says she is proud of the fact that she is a female artist who invented, developed, and patented a new artistic technique.
"Our process literally opens wide the floodgates for mosaics to occur at a scale, scope, and latitude never dreamed of before—but common in concrete," Brailsford says. " And it changes forever what decorative concrete can be."