Byzantium meets Bretagne

In July and August, here in the South of France, I lived at a couple with Breton roots. Both are big fans of Celtic music, art and symbolism. In order to thank them for their hospitality I have worked on this Celtic symbol in smalt and marble using the Byzantine method.

It has been my first experiment with the Byzantine mosaic especially Ravenna is very known for. After its first phase of flooring mosaic and sujets from roman gods and culture, from the 5th century A.C. on mosaics were finally applied to walls. No longer a plain pavement, it was possible now to create a vibrant surface by inclining the tesserae. With the use of gold, mother of pearl and many other precious materials, the iconic mosaics in catholic churches are rich with very interesting reflections of light.

For me, it was nice to try a completely new method after all the Roman mosaics at school. And to see what effects can be reached by playing with the different angles. To keep the mosaic simple, I concentrated on two main colors. Now I am curious what my hosts will say.

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