"Rio" Color Study

natural stone mosaic color study

A color study of the “Rio” natural stone mosaic I submitted to 51 Biltmore Public Art Project in Asheville, North Carolina.

I wanted to share an exciting opportunity for me and Hammerhead Stoneworks and ask for your support. Late last year I was chosen as a finalist for a public art project here in Asheville. The goal is to create artwork for a blank wall on a new parking garage that is attached to the Aloft hotel at 51 Biltmore Ave. I was one of three finalists selected from 150 submissions.

A couple of weeks ago the three of us handed in our design proposals. My piece is called “Rio & Apu”. It is a pair of natural stone mosaics that celebrate the elemental forces that have shaped these mountains: stone and water. Apu is the Inkan word for a mountain spirit, an integral concept within their Shamanic belief system and the meaning of place. Rio is the Spanish word for river and evokes the playful spirit of water moving, tumbling down a mountain creek. “Rio & Apu” will call attention to their dynamic relationship and the great value in seeking balance and harmony with nature. Each mosaic will be six feet wide and twenty-four feet tall.

Public feedback is an important part of the selection process. I am hoping that you will take a look at the various designs and offer your support. This is from the City of Asheville press release:

“The next public comment period for the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project begins on April 4 with the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Asheville. The artists’ proposals will be on display at the Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Avenue, 5:00 to 8:00 pm during the Gallery Walk, and continue through April 6 during regular business hours. April 7 – 11 the proposals will be on display at the Aloft Hotel in the second floor lobby, 51 Biltmore Avenue, during regular operating hours. The public is invited to review and make comment on the proposals, with the option to select their preferred design. Comment can also be made on line at the City of Asheville website during April 4-11.”

If you want to see the city’s announcement, click the 51 Biltmore link at the bottom of the /parks page.

And there’s more information here: