City of Imperial
We are continuing our work on the “Papa” A. Eager Park Sign. It is a project that has turned out to be more complex than originally planned because of the techniques that we decided to use. At first we were going to use 1″ x 1″ stained glass tiles (also known as Tesserae), but we decided that a custom rectangular shape gives a more dynamic sense of flow to the wave theme. We have spent a great deal of time making these custom tesserae and it is well worth the extra effort, with the wave taking on a beautiful and unique appearance.
Not only did we change the shape of the tesserae, but staying true to our Rainforest ways, we decided to customize the mosaic even further by mixing a couple of different “Opus” techniques. Opus is the traditional term for the way that we lay down the tesserae. In the “Papa” A. Eager Park Sign we are using a modified version of what is traditionally known as “Opus Musivum” which is when we place the rectangular or square tesserae in rows that help highlight and show movement. We have also decided to use the “Opus Palladianum” which is when we place irregular tesserae in an irregular pattern; also known as “crazy paving”.
If you would like to volunteer working on the sign on Fridays please call Dan at 619-778-4145.