Blue Spiral: A public art stone mosaic

Asheville stone mason and artist Marc Archambault installed a stone mosaic as public art in Gainesville, Florida.

About the Stone Mosaic

In in the fall of 2011, Asheville stone mason and artist Marc Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks installed a stone mosaic called Blue Spiral in Gainesville, Florida. Commissioned by the City of Gainesville, Blue Spiral is a 225 square foot stone mosaic patio. The design is inspired by the fossil rich limestones of Florida. Like the process of discovering a seashell embedded in an ancient rock, a nautilus shape in the patio emerges to the eye slowly. The intersecting lines suggest water steadily wearing away the matrix surrounding the fossil, stone slowly giving up its secrets. Several types of stone are used, accenting color and texture in the final piece. The stone mosaic is dry laid over sand; there’s no cement or grout. It is installed in a public courtyard at the new campus of the Gainesville Regional Utilities Eastside Operations Center. It is functional art, serving a something lovely to admire and contemplate and a patio space.
Contact Hammerhead Stoneworks: Call Marc at (828) 337-7582 or e-mail him hammerheadstone@gmail.com

Stone Mosaic Downloads & Links

Download a photo book of the Blue Spiral.

Download a postcard of this project.

Florida Public Art Announcement regarding the stone mosaic (PDF)

Contact Hammerhead Stoneworks: Call Marc at (828) 337-7582 or e-mail him hammerheadstone@gmail.com