Artist Kelsey Hartley of Brailsford Public Art created a series of colorful native LithoMosaic winged, finned, gilled, and transient critters for the deck of the City of Glendale's new community swimming pool.
"The design team's goal [was] to lead children, via interpretation and imagination, from the locker rooms to their summertime swimming lessons," Brailsford owner Robin Brailsford says. "In the hands of a good artist like Kelsy Hartley, [you can] take a straight-forward idea of a city or landscape architect and turn it into an iconic destination."
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 any other medium currently available. From start to finish, the LithoMosaic process has been designed in such a way as to achieve creative control in ways that other processes can’t begin to match. No longer does the artist need to “hand-seed” the aggregates: 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.
"I am most proud of is the fact that I am a woman artist, who invented, and then developed and patented the process of LithoMosaic," Brailsford says. "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. And it changes forever what decorative concrete can be."