Blue Spiral: A public art stone mosaic

natural stone mosaic patio

The Blue Spiral is a natural stone mosaic patio created for the City of Gainesville, Florida

About the Blue Spiral Stone Mosaic

In in the fall of 2011, Hammerhead Stoneworks installed a stone mosaic called Blue Spiral in Gainesville, Florida. Commissioned by the City of Gainesville, it 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 as something lovely to admire and contemplate as well as a patio space.
Contact Hammerhead Stoneworks: Call Marc at (828) 337-7582 or e-mail him

Blue Spiral, aerial view of stone mosaic

Aerial view

Stone Mosaic Links


Florida Public Art Announcement regarding the stone mosaic (PDF)