Octopus Garden – 2007

Octopus Garden © 2007
Entryway Mosaic for Private Residence, Irvine, California
Tumbled Byzantine glass mosaic
6′ diameter
Fabricators: Mosaika Art and Design, Canada

The Octopus Garden, a mosaic relating to the nearby ocean, was created for the entryway to a private residence in Irvine, California. Because one of the residents was originally from New Zealand, the Maori symbol of the Koru, which represents hope for the future, and the unfolding of a new life was chosen to be held in one of the octopus arms. To symbolize the secure place that such a home provides, another arm holds a lighthouse. Fish and waves from an early Medieval manuscript surround the octopus, integrating both the Past and the Present.