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Isaiah zagar mosaics

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The art of Isaiah Zagar from Philadelphia, PA on South Street

The art of Isaiah Zagar from Philadelphia, PA on South Street

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  • 1. Isaiah Zagar (born 1939)
  • 2. Isaiah Zagar is a Philadelphia mosaic artist.
  • 3. What is Mosaic Art • Mosaic is art made by laying down small pieces of tile to form pictures. • Mosaics are 4,000 years old! • The earliest mosaics were patterns on sidewalks, made from colored stones. • This lion was made around 300 BC (more than 2,000 years ago). • What different color pebbles are used here?
  • 4. • Pieces called "tesserae" (TES uh ree) were used to give extra detail and color to mosaics. • Using small, even tiny, tesserae meant that mosaics could imitate, or look like, paintings.
  • 5. • Which colors did the artist choose to create the eyes? • Look how the artist uses black tiles to mark parts of the face. • Which parts of the face are marked by the black tiles?
  • 6. • This is a mosaic of a seahorse. • Notice how white tesserae are used to show the horse’s details. • Do you see its sea-monster tail?
  • 7. Zagar opened an art gallery on South Street where he created his first mosaic to attract customers.
  • 8. Zagar began buying old vacant and abandoned properties on the same street so he could create more mosaic murals.
  • 9. Much of Zagar's work is completed free of charge.
  • 10. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, is Zagar's largest South Street mosaic work. He wanted to create a magical place filled with his art.
  • 11. "I built this sanctuary to be inhabited by my ideas and my fantasies.“ Isaiah Zagar
  • 12. To date he has completed over 130 of these murals!
  • 13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEpXlmdyJ4A