Public Art

 

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    Artists Judith and Tulio won a nationwide competition to install their tile mural on a busy street in Rockville, MD.
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    Three large archways will be filled with vibrant, handmade tiles. Judith hand crafts each tile, Tulio helps with the design and cutting. An outside contractor finishes the grouting work.
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    It took Judith a full year to design and create each element of the mural.
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    The artists drove the tiles down from their home in Massachusetts. Each section of the mural is pre-arranged on large wood palettes and glued onto the wall.
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    Working on a busy, noisy city sidewalk makes this one of the most difficult jobs they've undertaken. The installation should take about ten days.
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    Judith marks each of the spacer tiles that will be placed around the central elements of the mural.
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    Tulio then takes the marked spacer tiles and cuts them to fit the scene.
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    Judith uses a special wrench to fine-tune the cuts and then uses mortar to affix the tile to the wall.
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    Tulio keeps a watchful eye on the design, and is always ready to lend a hand.
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    It will be at least another week before Judith finishes all three sections of the work, and the pair head to their next project.

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