Author: gertrud

The oldest Mosaic Mural in Beijing

Do you know where the oldest mosaic in Beijing is? This huge mural is at the platform of  Dongsi Shitiao subway station in Beijing. Made in 1985 at 70 meters long and almost 3 meters tall, it is clearly the largest! It is called Towards the World, and depicts 30 athletes playing 22 different kinds of sports. The Mosaic was designed by Li Huaji and Quan Zhenghuan. The cement tiles were made by Tangshang Arts and Crafts Factory and the mosaic was assembled by Haidian Yongfeng Construction Company in April 1985 . It was the year after Beijing had been awarded the hosting of the 1990 Asian Games. Archery, discus throwing, cycling, fencing, and swimming are all represented in the mural, which consists of thousands  of ceramic blocks, each  of about two centimeters long. The piece delivers the message that ‘Chinese athletes achieve international honor and bring glory to the country’, thereby extending good wishes to the Asian Games After more than 30 years, the mural had suffered damage due to the constant vibration caused by …

Mosaic Discovery in Berlin

Last year on a beautiful blue sky summer day I walked from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Spittelmarkt – always along the Spree and later the Spree Kanal. It’s a wonderful walk that I could recommend every visitor of this vibrant city. I was stepping through a lot of history of this city and my own life. Without intentionally looking for them I saw several mosaics on the way. On Bertold-Brecht- Platz stands a typical Berlin late 1900 multi story building which houses the famous restaurant “Ganymed” . Above the entrance door with the restaurants name (also a mosaic) you find in an imaginary niche another small beautiful mosaic. The mosaic was installed in 1892/93 to attract visitors to the theater “Berliner Ensemble” . Only in 1997 it was discovered again. The workshop “ wandwerk” restored this mosaic to its full beauty. Walking on along the Spree Canal my glance gets attracted by a huge mural on the Friedrichsgracht 58. It’s the mural “ Man, measure of all things” by Walter Womacka, who has designed this epic …

Such a pleasure working with Mosaic Lovers in China

MosaicMoments studio started its journey in China in 2019. During these 3 years, we have held 15 beginner workshops with about 100 people. 马赛克时刻工作室于2019年开始在中国的旅途。这3年中,我们举办了15场初学者工作坊,有约100人参与。   “The learning process of making mosaics was so fascinating. Your studio is like an enchanted place decorated with your exquisite mosaic works, with all kinds of materials and tools in good order, and serene music in the background. Here I met friends from all over the world.  We shared the same enthusiasm and enjoyment of learning the mosaic art. We learned from, inspired and appreciated each other’s work. You gave each of us individual attention and insightful detailed instructions for our projects.”   ——Chaoying from China 来自中国的超英 4 Community Mosaic workshops were conducted with 130 participants. “Thank you Gertrud and your team for the diligent preparation and introduction into the world of Mosaic. I enjoyed the creative and relaxing atmosphere so much and, contributing a small unit to the master piece was rewarding experience. The food and social set up was most inspiring. Great people and great fun!” 感谢 Gertrud 和您的团队为马赛克世界所做的辛勤准备和介绍。我非常享受这个创作和轻松的氛围,为一副优秀的作品贡献一小部分是十分有成就感的体验。同时,和很棒的人一起分享食物和交谈是最鼓舞人心的。这是一次很有乐趣的经历! ——Cinderella …