Sun Salutations – 2007

Sun Salutations, © 2007
Sun Valley Health Center, Sun Valley, CA
Byzantine glass, hand-painted ceramic tile, and photo-transferred porcelain tile
Exterior mosaic 72″H x 120″W Hand-painted ceramic tile
Fabricators: Mosaika Art & Design, Canada

The Sun was chosen as the primary metaphor for this project since the word “sun” is part of Sun Valley’s name, and because it is an image of regeneration, warmth and healing. The artist wanted the people entering this facility, and sitting in its waiting room, to immediately feel this “warmth”. All of the works in this project began as photomontage designs and were translated into Byzantine glass, hand-painted ceramic tile, photo-transferred porcelain tile and translucent colored-glass windows.

A 72″ x 120″ ceramic mural on the exterior wall above the entryway of the health facility shows a girl and boy, made of photo-transfer tile, within an altered 17th Century manuscript by Trismosin. The boy looks out toward a better future, while the girl collects medicinal herbs for healing.

There are two large mosaics, 50″ x 50″ and 50″ x 60″ on the two larger curved walls of the waiting room, and a smaller mosaic, 18″ x 18″ in the middle of the soffit trim that surrounds the reception area.
The two large mosaics combine images of contemporary people, within art historical landscapes, where the sun is the central element. In the smaller of the two large mosaics, an image of a little boy is shown hanging from a sun, excerpted from a landscape by Vincent Van Gogh. In the larger, an image of two women and two children is depicted walking toward the sun (healing) through an altered 17th Century engraving by Matthus Merian. In the smallest mosaic, above the reception area, a boy and girl are depicted playing inside the cosmic gateway to Eternity taken from a painting, strongly influenced by the South American Mayan culture, by Thaedra MabraKhan.

Within the rotunda-shaped waiting room of the building, there is an 18″H decorative trim, which appears dimensional, of hand-painted ceramic tile, encircling all of its curved walls, including the upper soffit of the reception area.
Selected translucent panels of colored laminated glass are installed in the thirteen 2’x 2′ windows in the upper walls of the rotunda, which echo the colors of the mosaics and trim below, and cast their colors on the indented walls surrounding them.