” I would not have thought that my neighbors could produce such beautiful designs. Now I see some of them with a whole new set of eyes.”
a resident and participant in the Mosaik project told me during the opening of the first part of the Community Mosaik for House 1 in the Möckernkiez in Berlin Kreuzberg.
32 residents from the 22 apartments that use Staircase A on a daily basis each designed a mosaic tile. On May 5, the mosaic tiles were installed by me and 3 other helpers from the house in the entrance area as a frieze.
Saturday, May 6, was scheduled for joint grouting. Unfortunately, no one had signed the list of helpers. We “installers”, still tired from the previous day’s concentration and physical exertion, were worried. Would we manage to grout and clean the mosaic before the inauguration which was scheduled for 3pm?
We started to mix the grout. And lo and behold, one neighbor came, then a second, and by 11 o’clock I didn’t have enough gloves and spatulas so that everyone could join in at the same time. It was wonderful! One team scraped out overcrowded joints while immersed in conversation. Some children grouted with their mothers, others checked the grout lines for small holes that still existed, and the prudent ones immediately cleaned up and swept the floor to quickly remove unavoidable dirt with grout. It was a wonderful togetherness!
Promptly at 3 p.m. the champagne corks could be popped and the mosaic and the effort of the house community could be celebrated.