This is a picture I took a few weeks ago, while we were installing “The Care Takers” mosaic at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk. All the colorful bits of plastic are shims, meant to hold the stones in position while the thinset mortar is curing. We used a version of the paper-face method, where the mosaic is glued to paper and installed in larger sections, while still adhered to the paper. So that’s what all the little bits of white on the mosaic are, paper that hasn’t yet been removed. You might notice that some of the scales- the tesserae- on the bottom part of the striped bass fell off. There were a dozen or more I had to place individually.