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Mosaic murals and their undeniable conspicuous beauty

(4 min read) The art form of mural-making has truly taken over the world in these past few decades. Whether you want to make a political statement, celebrate a social movement, or just make people on the streets stop and admire something for a couple of seconds — murals seem to be a way to do it. And that hasn’t started recently…

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Part of the Magic Gardens in Philly, Pennsylvania by Isaiah Zagar. Photo by Tyson Moore.

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Sea Monsters mosaic mural by Jim Anderson.

First mosaic murals were found in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC, so it has been way more than just a couple of decades since the very first mosaic murals have seen the light of day or the gloomy interior of a palace for that matter. People have realized the value of public expression and open-to-view artwork early on.

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Somers Town Youth Club mosaic mural in London, UK. Mosaic by Patty Franklin.

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Part of the Terrick Street Underpass Kaleidoscope mosaic in White City by Gary Drostle.

Not a lot has changed in that department until today. Talented individuals, with some extra fervor and a very particular set of skills (Liam Neeson style baby!), still work on telling their story and embellishing the walls of public and less public buildings all over the world. From famous mosaicists such as Gary Drostle, Sonia King, and Jim Anderson, to underdogs of contemporary mosaic art, mosaic artists are always keen on inspiring the public and making their masterpieces seen and felt by others.

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Colorful mosaic masterpiece by Jim Anderson.

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It’s Good To Be Me School Mosaics by Gary Drostle

Just like with every other art form, topics within the vast universe of mosaic murals can vary from deeply personal and intimate to socio-economic stances of a community or world in general. From sea scenery, ceramic tile murals on public display in Hanoi, Vietnam, eclectic mixed media mosaics down the streets of Philly, US, to community projects depicting unity and love in Amherstburg, Canada, topics and expression styles just seem to go expand every year. If you are talented, inspired, and eager to state something, mosaic art seems to be the way to go.

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One of the largest glass mosaic murals in the world Villa Harvey Mandel in San Diego, California. Photo by Diary of Tile Addict.

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Magic Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Isaiah Zagar.

Materials used for mosaic murals involved the selected few in the beginning. Glass, marble, and ceramic tiles seem to be the prevalent choices when it comes to the art of mosaic murals. Lately, mosaicists such as Isaiah Zagar, Peter Mason, and Maurice Bennett introduced some new and unusual materials for mosaic making. From toast and postage stamps to empty bottles and bike wheels, anything can be used to make a mosaic art worth seeing and experiencing.

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Mosaic mural on the wall at the pool entrance in Syracuse, New York.

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“Rhapsody” mosaic mural in Austin, Texas, created by John Yancey, Luis G. Alicea, and Steven B. Jones. Photo by Trudi Lehnhardt.

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Gorgeous Mosaic Murals

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Mosaic Mural Designs

Mosaic murals just keep popping up in cities all over the globe and more and more people are becoming aware of their significance and artistic value. Mosaic murals are truly an imperative in the world of contemporary art and culture in general because they bring art right in front of the public eye. They are a unique communication tool and they affect the attitudes and moods of people passing by them. Finally, mosaic murals are also landscapes, in their own right. They cover the ugly facades of the tallest buildings and boring grey concrete fence panels. Keeping all of this in mind, it is no wonder mosaic murals are quickly becoming a prevalent form of public art.




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M. Belosh

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  1. sambo
    January 28, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Mosaic art, if you dont pay attention can be confused with graffiti but after a long observation, they are so beautiful.

  2. Malaika Archer
    January 28, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Your selections are always beautiful. Indeed mosaics have taken over the world, and it’s interesting to see how the environment in which it is made influences the pieces.

  3. January 28, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Love the colors imbued here! Especially the 2nd to the last mosaic – I just love how it looks!

  4. Catherine
    January 28, 2022 at 11:40 am

    They truly are beautiful and to stop and think about the work and time that went into each mural is amazing and inspiring!

  5. January 28, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I have never seen large moasic murals before – they are really striking. I wish the city I lived in had more of them!

  6. January 28, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Those murals are so beautiful and definitely add beauty to every place. I love it!

    January 28, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    They really are quite beautiful pieces of art. I love that the designs differ so much with these.

  8. Blair Villanueva
    January 28, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    I have always admired mural artists. All the planning, designing, and the whole process need a lot of skills and patience. I would like to learn to do mosaic someday and maybe contribute to the beautification of our local community.

  9. Angela
    January 28, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    Excellent artwork. This is such a awesome way to express creativity

  10. January 29, 2022 at 5:53 am

    I’ve not seen too many mosaics out and about like this but they do look stunning. I want to visit Barcelona to see all of theirs x

  11. Katherine
    January 29, 2022 at 9:16 am

    These are all absolutely stunning. I love the way mosaics can bring such vibrant life to an otherwise very dull building or wall. They’re so detailed and gorgeous.

  12. January 29, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I love mosaic murals! There is such an appeal to them, and I always love all the bright colours used.

  13. rachel
    January 29, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    I love seeing murals out in public spaces.

  14. Paula Richie
    January 30, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Oh how I would love to have a mosaic mural in my back yard. I particularly like the Terrick Street Underpass Kaleidoscope mosaic in White City by Gary Drostle.

  15. sambo
    January 30, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    These mural decorated wall are just stunning. You dont see many of these type of art in Asia though. I wonder why.

  16. W.D.
    January 30, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous murals here! I agree anything mosaic just automatically gives it upleveled aspect of beauty.

  17. Laura
    January 30, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    WOW! Some of these are absolutely stunning!!! That first one is very interesting – perfectly imperfect.

  18. P. B. R.
    January 31, 2022 at 3:00 am

    The Kaleidoscope mosaic in the 5th photograph is gorgeous! I would love to have something like that in my own house! Great post, thanks for taking us on an adventure through the art behind mosaics.

  19. Jupiter Hadley
    January 31, 2022 at 3:59 am

    The Magic Gardens is a place I have always wanted to visit. It just looks so unique and eye catching – I just need to see it!

  20. Sam Sam
    January 31, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Wow, I didn’t know the history of mosaic murals and I didn’t know it began in ancient times. I love how it evolved over time and got more complex.

  21. Heather Castillo
    January 31, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Every mosaic that you post makes me more in awe of them. So much talent in every single piece.

  22. Angela Williams
    January 31, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    The sea monster art is absolutely beautiful. I would love this in my bathroom.

  23. Talya Stone
    February 1, 2022 at 4:44 am

    Wow what incredible works of art. I know we have some pretty fantastic public mosaic murals in London. I love the Sea Monsters one so powerful!

  24. Melanie Edjourian
    February 1, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I do wish there were more mosaic murals near where I live. They are so pretty.

  25. Marjie Mare
    February 1, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Your mosaic always amazes and leaves me breathtaking. I enjoy each and every one of them.

  26. Risa Lopez
    February 1, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Wow, I didn’t know the history behind the mosaic murals before. These are amazing works of art! I hope I get the chance to see them in person someday. They are beautiful and unique.

  27. Lyosha
    February 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

    It always looks very attractive and every time I see mosaic mural I am more interested than with regular murals. there is something magical only the mosaics can bring. I wonder if we have it here in my home, I never really checked.

  28. Rive
    February 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

    All of these mosaics are so stunning! The murals make a beautiful addition to anywhere in the world it seems.

  29. LEANE
    February 1, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    I have not seen mosaics artwork in cities or outside walls of buildings so this is so unique to me. I do love Jim Anderson’s masterpiece

  30. February 1, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Mosaics are absolutely stunning — both in person and online!

  31. February 2, 2022 at 4:36 am

    There is such a vast history behind mosaic murals. I think they are wonderful and bring so much joy.

  32. February 2, 2022 at 6:14 am

    This just proves that we can see art everywhere

  33. February 2, 2022 at 7:42 am

    I agree with your about mosaic murals. Their beauty is undeniable. Need to pay close attention to appreciate how pretty they are.

  34. February 2, 2022 at 9:21 am

    I love all of these pieces of art that you have featured here. I would love to see some of this in my own home!

  35. Melanie williams
    February 2, 2022 at 9:54 am

    There are some super cool mosiacs here for sure, I love the errick Street Underpass Kaleidoscope mosaic in White City

  36. Marjie Mare
    February 2, 2022 at 11:09 am

    These murals are absolutely stunning. I am really in awe of the mosaic artwork.

  37. February 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    I find Mosaic Murals so facinating. The time to plan and create is crazy.

  38. February 2, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    I so love mosaic murals! Hope to see this in person, they are so beautiful.

  39. February 2, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Wow! I have never seen a mosaic mural before, and I’m sure these pictures don’t do them justice, I bet they are incredibly bright and vibrant in person!

  40. Catherine
    February 3, 2022 at 12:46 am

    The murals are breathtaking…all the colors and the stories behind each art piece. I could go through them all day…such a lovely sight!

  41. Rosey
    February 3, 2022 at 6:13 am

    I did not realize mosaics had been around so long. I think they are fascinating.

  42. Angela Williams
    February 3, 2022 at 9:42 am

    These look almost wall size. Gorgeous art.

  43. Melissa Cushing
    February 3, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I just love visiting your site to see al, of the beautiful mosaic designs 😉 These are super pretty and would love to do something. with mosaics in my bathroom 😉

  44. Rhian Westbury
    February 4, 2022 at 3:46 am

    So many amazing mosaics just out there waiting to be seen although I don’t know if I’ve seen any myself. I love the sea monsters one x

  45. Rosey
    February 4, 2022 at 6:53 am

    I like the long Miral. That mosaic there really spices an otherwise dull space up.

  46. Ambuj Saxena
    February 4, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Ahem ahem… I can see someone is in love with Murals. I think you will love murals more once you visit India. India has murals in metropolitan cities, towns and even ancient caves dating back to 2nd century BC! Coming back to your post, I love the way you have experienced the vibes of the cities you have visited and the murals in them.

  47. sambo
    February 5, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    These mosaic murals remind me of a time I visit Croatia. They are located in the main train station. I love an opportunity to witness these type of art. Thank you for sharing.

  48. Sarah Stockley
    February 7, 2022 at 4:34 am

    These add so much vibrancy to the streets, I would love to see more of this in the UK

  49. Risa Lopez
    February 7, 2022 at 8:48 am

    If I pass on that streets, I will surely take more photos! That’s so artistic. I hope to have more of those in our country.

  50. Christine H
    February 9, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    These are incredible pieces of art. I cannot recall ever seeing anything like these in person. They are all beautiful in their own way.

  51. Laura Side
    February 14, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    I love spotting mosaic street art, it’s so pretty and always tells such a beautiful story

    Laura x

  52. Samantha Donnelly
    April 11, 2022 at 11:09 am

    These are lovely and really do brighten up a street, I always love coming across things like this