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Turtles in mosaic art

(4 min read) Aside from lovely and mysterious mermaids, one of the most present motifs when it comes to mosaic backsplash, pools, and floors are most definitely turtles. These peaceful sea creatures have been gracing public and private spaces around the world for centuries.

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Mosaic artwork of a turtle under the bridge. Photo by Gjgk photography.


Turtle mosaic artworks are often referred to as nautical mosaics and I don’t really like that title. It makes that particular branch of mosaic art sound cold and closer to humans than it really is. Turtles are wild animals, but they are also terrific pets, and unlike some other wild species they tend to prosper if they get proper care and attention.

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Colorful turtle mosaic sculpture by Passiflora. Image source: Link.


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Gorgeous mosaic sea turtle by Mosaics Lab.


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Mosaic sea turtle by Mosaics Lab.


Turtles really are a mystery. Most people have no idea that they aren’t really some silent and timid creatures. I had the “pleasure” of once hearing a turtle hiss while I was collecting cep mushrooms in the forest. Needless to say, I ran like the wind, but the turtle probably just felt endangered by my size, as well as two left feet since I almost stepped on it.

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Captivating turtle mosaic backsplash. Mosaic Artwork by Connie. Image source: Link.


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Gorgeous mosaic detail from Turtle Alley in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia. Photograph by Choo Yut Shing. Image source: Link.


All jokes and my silly little anecdote aside, turtles produce an array of noises. Depending on the species, turtles can cluck like chickens or even bark like dogs. Hey, better a cool-looking turtle than my neighbor’s angry one-eyed pitbull…

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Fight between a turtle and a rooster mosaic artwork, Aquilela, Northern Italy; in the early Christian tradition, the rivalry between animals symbolized the fight between good and evil; in this case, the rooster represents daylight, while the turtle was considered to be a night animal. Image source: Link.


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Vibrant mosaic art table featuring lively underwater scenery. Mosaic Artwork by Connie. Image source: Link.


One of the main reasons why turtles and mosaic art go so well together is they are both durable and long-lasting. Turtles evolved millions of years ago and they are one of the oldest groups of reptiles still in existence. As pets, some species can live anywhere from 10 to over 150 years. Mosaic art, on the other hand, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. Today we have mosaic artworks thousands of years old that have been preserved to this day to tell a story of our own history, as well as of art itself.

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Lovely marble mosaic art by Mosaics Lab.


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Marvelous mosaic artwork featuring some darker hues. Mosaic Artwork by Mazinka’s mosaics. Image source: Link.


If you are a fan of these wonderful creatures and mosaic art, don’t feel limited to water-related mosaics, such as mosaic backsplash or pool floors. Turtles are fit to embellish any space as well as mosaic art. If you want turtles mosaiced onto your table, go for it, if you want a full-scale turtle mosaic on your living room wall, go for it. The sky’s the limit when it comes to turtles and mosaics.*wink wink


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Turtles in mosaic art by Mosaics Lab.

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Turtles in mosaic art by Mosaics Lab.

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Turtles in mosaic art by Mosaics Lab.

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Turtles in mosaic art by Mosaics Lab.

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M. Belosh

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33 Comments

  1. Beth
    September 16, 2022 at 2:56 pm — Reply

    I love mosaic turtles. Their shells really lend themselves to this artform.

  2. Brianne
    September 16, 2022 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    These are all beautiful pieces. I’ve always loved the way turtles look when they’re portrayed in this art form.

  3. Jaden
    September 16, 2022 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Turtles are fascinating in the wild. And these mosaic masterpieces are a gorgeous tribute to their natural beauty.

  4. Beth L
    September 16, 2022 at 7:53 pm — Reply

    These are all beautiful. But I especially love the backsplash. The turtle looks like he’s getting ready to tell you a secret! <3

  5. Stephanie
    September 16, 2022 at 9:58 pm — Reply

    I know a lot of people who love turtles, so it would make sense they are so popular. They look very graceful and majestic, so it makes a great mosaic for so many places in the home.

  6. Indrani
    September 17, 2022 at 7:32 am — Reply

    Amazing mosaic creations! I have seen turtle mosaic art in Lombok, Indonesia. The mosaic art table that you shared is simply fantastic and the one from Aquilela, Northern Italy is precious.

  7. Tina
    September 17, 2022 at 12:09 pm — Reply

    Who knew turtles were so popular, LOL

  8. Sarah Stockley
    September 18, 2022 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    The turtles look so sweet in these mosaics. I must admit I do love a turtle, I saw some in the wild in Greece one year.

  9. lisa
    September 19, 2022 at 1:54 am — Reply

    We have a turtle piece of art in our backyard and love it. Never thought about having a mosaic made… great idea!

  10. maureen
    September 19, 2022 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    How did you know? That I love turtles! It looks like this post was written just for me! I actually collect turtles in all forms and shapes. They are such amazing creatures and love love love them! I wouldn’t mind being able to keep that Passiflora mosaic art as part of my collection or even perhaps the one in Malaysia by the Turtle Alley. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

  11. Jupiter Hadley
    September 19, 2022 at 4:58 pm — Reply

    Turtles always look so strong and wonderful. They are a really cool creature and these pieces of art highlight them really well.

  12. Lavanda Michelle
    September 19, 2022 at 7:15 pm — Reply

    Turtles used to be one of my favorite animals since they were so pretty. I guess they are just as beautiful in an art form. Thanks for sharing!

  13. rachel
    September 19, 2022 at 10:48 pm — Reply

    My kids would LOVE these . They are fascinated by turtles.

  14. Laura
    September 20, 2022 at 1:16 am — Reply

    Ah man! Turtles are the BEST! They are just such peaceful animals.

  15. Natasha Mairs
    September 20, 2022 at 5:31 am — Reply

    These are all really nice turtle mosaics. I can’t decide which one is my favourite

  16. Sarah S
    September 20, 2022 at 6:23 am — Reply

    I can see why turtles are such a popular choice, especially in pools etc. These mosaic designs are so adorable.

  17. Renata Feyen
    September 20, 2022 at 6:35 am — Reply

    Oh wow, that turtle sculpture is amazing – I think turtles are quite cute

  18. Lisa
    September 20, 2022 at 11:59 am — Reply

    This is such a great theme. Turtles really work well in these mosaics designs, a very cool design indeed!

  19. Lyosha
    September 20, 2022 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    turtles and especially sea turtles are beautiful and magical creatures to me. So graceful and looks so wise (longevity adds to this impression for sure). I think they are a great theme for mosaics, especially since the wide usage of it in wet areas.

  20. Melissa Dixon
    September 20, 2022 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    I love turtles and mosaic art. I would love to have this in my home and garden. Gorgeous!

  21. LOURAINE
    September 20, 2022 at 6:31 pm — Reply

    Love the backsplash and love turtles. They are now endangered because of man’s disregard for the environment. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Ray
    September 20, 2022 at 11:14 pm — Reply

    A gorgeous symbol of peace and exploration. And the mosaic is spectacular way to celebrate this magical creature.

  23. Ramil Hinolan
    September 20, 2022 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    I have seen turtle mosaics and other sea creatures in many pools and resort I’d been to. They are great accent pieces.

  24. Clarice
    September 21, 2022 at 10:35 am — Reply

    Wow! This looks really beautiful. My favorite is the mosaic sculpture by Passiflora. Love the small details. I would be happy to have one in our garden.

  25. Samantha Donnelly
    September 21, 2022 at 11:50 am — Reply

    I love turtles and these are great, I would love something like this in my home. You now have me thinking

  26. Tammy
    September 21, 2022 at 1:46 pm — Reply

    The sculpture is so cute! I love all these different turtle designs…what a beautiful collection!

  27. Victoria Prasad
    September 21, 2022 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    I love turtles! Seeing them represented this way is awesome! I especially love the sculpture, but these are all beautiful!

  28. Jasmine Martin
    September 22, 2022 at 12:18 am — Reply

    These mosaic turtles are absolutely gorgeous. I never knew that they were such a thing that a decent amount of people liked as artwork.

  29. Rosey
    September 22, 2022 at 5:10 am — Reply

    I wonder how big the Colorful turtle mosaic sculpture by Passiflora is, that’d be great for a garden if it wasn’t too large. It’s sure pretty.

  30. Rhian Westbury
    September 22, 2022 at 11:22 am — Reply

    I think the turtles look really cool. I’ve seen quite a few on holiday and on swimming pool floorings x

  31. Albert Ray
    September 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    Some absolutely stunning mosaic art here of turtles, what a stunning creature and they look so colourful as well

  32. David H.
    September 23, 2022 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    Turtles are a majestic animals and these mosaic art has brought them to life so beautifully. Some stunning pieces here.

  33. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    September 25, 2022 at 3:43 am — Reply

    All of those turtle mosaics are looking absolutely amazing! Definitely loving the designs especially the mosaic sculpture one the most.

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