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Mermaid mosaic art, a sub-genre in its own right

(4 min read) Those of you who follow this blog are well aware of the fact that I LOVE reading spooky stuff. So it won’t come as a surprise that I am currently reading the blood-chilling Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. The book talks a lot about mermaids and the old myths and legends that still surround them to this day. And let me tell you something… Ariel was never a pretty little thing with vivid imagination and love for humankind.

Stunning mermaid mosaic art by Carole Choucair
The Mermaid by the famous mosaicist Carole Choucair Ouejan. Most of her mosaic artwork strongly reflects her Lebanese-Greek heritage, and this glorious piece is no exception. This gorgeous mosaic is placed on the wall of a sailing boat in Oregon, so this gorgeous sea creature gets to go out into the open waters as it should. Source: Fine Art by Carole.

The earliest data about mermaids were recorded in ancient Assyria, some 25 centuries before the Common Era. Records from back then say that the goddess Atargatis flung herself into the sea and transformed into the first mermaid. She did so out of desperation and grief over the death of her human lover, a shepherd whose name has been lost in the transcripts. After that first record, the legends and reports of sightings just kept coming. Almost every country with some larger water surface within its borders has its own mermaid folklore.

Beautiful Mosaic Design made of seashells.
The mermaid made of seashells by Marina Alexandrova. This gorgeous piece by the renowned Russian mosaicist perfectly encapsulates both the origin and the modern romantic version of the mermaids.

Now let me ask you something, if mermaids really came from deep sorrow and despair, what are the chances that they are these Ariel-like, friendly and outgoing creatures? None. Those old sailor myths about the mermaid luring them into a slow and painful death sound much more likely once you read the Atargatis myth, amirite?

Stunning mermaid mosaic design
Another stunning mosaic mermaid design by the mosaicist Marina Alexandrova.

You are probably wondering how did we even get to this watered-down (pun intended) mermaid version we have today. Well, I suppose it all started with Hans Christian Andersen and his story about the little mermaid, but that was also a tragic take on the legends. However, that is the story that Disney took and adapted into the children’s animated movie we all fell in love with. On the same note, these days people have a tendency to romanticize monsters. Just look at the way the bloodsucking vampires are portrayed in The Twilight Saga, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc. And the same goes for werewolves, witches, and all sorts of creepy creatures.

Mermaid Mosaic Artwork created by Char Green and Sarah Dorrance.
The Mermaid, an underwater monkey wrencher. This pop-art-ish piece was created by Char Green and Sarah Dorrance and it depicts the romanticized version of the mermaid reading “The Monkeywrench gang2 by Edward Abbey. Source: Sarah Dorrance Mosaics

Mermaid mosaic design close-up.
The beautiful face of Green’s and Dorrance’s mermaid. Source: Sarah Dorrance Mosaics.

So was Ariel really a Jessica Rabbit tailed lookalike? Probably not. Was she really anything for that matter? We might get an answer to that question in the future. Now you are probably thinking that I’m one of those conspiracy theorists or something, but just keep in mind that just 5% of Earth’s oceans have been explored and charted, so who’s to say there are not some pretty AND horrible mermaids out there? In the meantime, we get to think of the mermaids the way we want to. If you fell in love with mermaids through fairytales and cartoons, stay in love. If you are a bit creeped out by the notion of a humanlike sea creature, but you are still weirdly drawn to them, you are not the only one.

Crafting a beautiful mermaid mosaic artwork by Rachel Rodi.
Rachel Rodi, creating the Mermaid. Source: Rachel Rodi.

Gorgeous mermaid tile mosaic artwork.
Mermaid Mosaic mural, by Rachel Rodi. The famous mosaicist created this wonderful piece for an enormous fireplace set at Norfolk Premium outlets in Virginia. Needless to say, the artwork is perfect for this bayside city with colorful maritime and naval history. Source: Wescover

So until science explains all those mermaid sightings and our fascination with them, we are allowed to dream, write stories, make movies, and create some gorgeous mosaics. Sea beauties or sea monsters, it is up to you!

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M. Belosh

M. Belosh

Passionate art enthusiast; avid reader (you can find me on Goodreads under the same name); movie connoisseur; intolerable before my morning coffee.


  1. Ramil Hinolan
    September 16, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I can’t imagine how long the painter must have spent to finish one art piece. All the arts are artistic and beautiful

  2. Flordeliz Fullo
    September 16, 2020 at 11:23 am

    First of all, I love the mosaics! When I was a child, my dream is to see a fairy and mermaid in person and wish they were real. It all depends on the version of which mermaids could be a lovable creature to a monster, anyways, there is a thing you call literary freedom.

  3. Samantha
    September 16, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Can we just talk about how beautiful these murals are? Loved your post!

  4. Melissa Cushing
    September 16, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    These are gorgeous works of art for sure …. masterpieces really. I would love this in my pool! What a cool design and perfect for a swimming pool.

  5. Jay Aguirre
    September 16, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Mermaids and mosaics just seem to go together so well! This is such a lovely aesthetic with some beautiful designs.

  6. Neely Moldovan
    September 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    How fun! I do love mermaids but not sure I would want the art in my house.

  7. Viano
    September 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    I really don’t think you are a conspiracy theorist at all. I too find it weird that monsters are being romanticized. Also, I find mermaids spooky.

  8. Stephanie
    September 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve always loved mermaids ever since I was 3 and first saw The Little Mermaid. Ariel has always been my favorite princess. These mermaid mosaics are just gorgeous!

  9. Megan
    September 16, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Enjoyed this post – even the watered-down pun! Yes, let’s keep dreaming & creating because one person’s sea beauty can be another person’s sea monster. It’s all a matter of perspective!

  10. Holly
    September 17, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Mermaids are a great subject for a mosaic. These are so pretty with the waves in the background.

  11. Gervin Khan
    September 17, 2020 at 3:48 am

    At first look I thought it’s a painting, wow. Those arts are all beautiful, I like it.

  12. Ramil Hinolan
    September 17, 2020 at 7:06 am

    At first glance, the artworks look like those were painted by an expert master. They are pretty amazing.

  13. Norma
    September 17, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Love these mermaid mosaics. I wish there was one at the beach so that we could feel inspired by their beauty.

  14. Quan Tran
    September 17, 2020 at 10:01 am

    nice these are beautiful. I am sure there were a tons of work into this . thanks for sharing such beautiful piece

  15. Veronika Sykorova
    September 17, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Wow thats amazing! Such detailed work, I’d never have the patience haha

  16. Kileen
    September 17, 2020 at 11:24 am

    These are so beautiful and looking at the long process makes them even more beautiful! This is one of my favorite art styles because I love how it takes a bunch of little pieces to make one final art piece.

  17. Cristina Petrini
    September 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    I love mermaids and have always found beautiful mosaics. I saw a theme like this once I think in Losinj and it was a separate mosaic in a street and it was fantastic being in a seaside town.

  18. Jasmine
    September 17, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    i want to remodel one of my bathrooms to an entire mermaid theme! giving me great ideas here!

  19. LuciWest
    September 17, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Well, look at all those beautiful mermaids. I had no idea that the “mermaid mosaic” was such a thing. They are very cool, though. Eyes have been opened.

  20. Eya
    September 17, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    these mermaid mosaic ideas sounds so amazing and interesting ones though and some of these even looks so damn fascinating too..glad you shared them with us..great work though…

  21. Heather
    September 17, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Stunning work! These are beautiful mosaics!

  22. Marie Phillips
    September 17, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    These are really cool. Mermaids are so fun and free-spirited!

  23. Tara Pittman
    September 17, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    These are so pretty. They would look good in my bathroom or near a pool.

  24. Lavanda Michelle
    September 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    These are beautiful Mosaics! I have only 2 in my collection.

  25. Heather
    September 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    These are such gorgeous mosaics, amazing work!

  26. Amber Myers
    September 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I love these! I wouldn’t mind having one in my house. I am digging the colors.

  27. Krysten Quiles
    September 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I LOVE mermaids, these are all absolutely lovely!

  28. Paula Richie
    September 17, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Weird, but I don’t think that I have EVER read anything spooky. Seen spooky movies though.

  29. Millie
    September 17, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    The art is beautiful! And I learned a lot from your post. However, I still want to believe Disney’s version of mermaids. 😉

  30. Kelly Bolen
    September 17, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I loved this article! What a great break from reality and I absolutely LOVED all the pics of the art work. Simply beautiful!

  31. Rosy
    September 18, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Mosaic art really amazes me! It’s just astounding how creative people really are.

  32. Marta Skeledžija
    September 18, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Those all look very magical. Love them all

  33. Mae
    September 18, 2020 at 8:08 am

    These are all beautiful mermaid mosaics! I can just imagine the passion, time, and patience put into each item.

  34. Ramil Hinolan
    September 18, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I love the artworks. Obviously, a very nice painter could turn our house into a clean and safe haven.

  35. Kenny
    September 18, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Dang. Those mosaics are the kind of thing that I would want to have on my walls.

  36. Joanna
    September 18, 2020 at 11:51 am

    These are such beautiful pieces. I can imagine them in the gardens across the Mediterranean Sea, for that exotic decorative element.

  37. Christa
    September 18, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely stunning! I’ll have to add that book to my list. I love mermaids!

  38. Catherine
    September 18, 2020 at 11:56 am

    These are such beautiful pieces of art…the intricate detailing is incredible!

  39. Lyosha
    September 18, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    oh who doesn’t love mermaids! it’s a great theme for anything water related I believe

  40. Natalia
    September 18, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Mermaid mosaics look just wonderful, so feminine and delicate at the same time. Just perfect for the swimming pool area! 🙂

  41. Anna
    September 18, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    I never knew such mosaic art existed until now! These look so beautiful ?

  42. Pedro
    September 18, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Great post. The Mermaid Mosaic mural, by Rachel Rodi is absolutely stunning. And to see Rachel actually creating The Mermaid is unbelievable.
    Thanks for sharing.

  43. Lean
    September 18, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    These mermaid themed mosaics are just stunning art pieces in its own right. I would love to have the Mermaid by Marina Alexandrova in my home one day

  44. Krizzia Scollon
    September 18, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Mosaic art is a classic! The amount of time and creativity people give to create this masterpiece is truly amazing!

  45. Heidi
    September 18, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    These are all so beautiful!

  46. Fatima Torres
    September 18, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    Such lovely art. It reminds me of a bathroom theme my friend had when we were younger.

  47. Olu Kolapo
    September 18, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    They are all beautiful. I love mermaids only in pictures, art works and movies. I’d rather not really see them, lol.

  48. Yanitza Ninett
    September 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Wow! These are incredible! I really love how the colors blend in. Such an excellent choice of colors for these mermaids.

  49. Celeste
    September 18, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    It is a unique theme to explore and give your own interpretation. Doing some research on mermaids, to me it’s fascinating.

  50. blair villanueva
    September 19, 2020 at 12:16 am

    The time and patience in making this mosaic art is unimaginable. Gorgeous result and makes it priceless ?

  51. Fab
    September 19, 2020 at 12:37 am

    I really like the post. I love mermaids, they remind me of the fairy tales I heard about them and the most beautiful period of my life, my childhood. They have always been beautiful and graceful to me. Very nicely done mosaics.

  52. aisasami
    September 19, 2020 at 6:33 am

    I love the mystic beauty that these mosiac mermaids possess. They are very beautiful!

  53. Eloise
    September 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    What a talent! The mosaic mermaids look amazing… I really like the very first one shown, such vibrant colors! awesome!

  54. Ayi
    September 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    The artworks are really nice. I’ve always wondered whether mermaids were real even when I was a kids.

  55. Rebecca
    September 20, 2020 at 11:59 am

    These pieces of art are so beautiful! I love these kind of pieces.

  56. Sondra Barker
    September 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, love these mermaid pieces! The colors are so beautiful…

  57. Emily Terrell
    October 15, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Mermaids tickle our imagination. Even as an adult, I want to believe they real. That the sightings are real. If for no other reason, then to believe in the unusual and hope of beauty. I encourage my daughters to believe in things they like until proven otherwise. After all, I still believe in dragons.

  58. Blair Villanueva
    November 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    There is something mystical about a mermaid, and though they are fiction, their beauty is mesmerizing and gives other hopes and dreams. These colors are magnificent!