Famous Mosaics - Ceramic Museum + Mosaic Garden, Jingzhou China
Some of the real beauty of artistic pursuit comes in the interpretation, the artist’s personalization of it. There is the concept or application itself, and then there is the act of creation. The adoption of the theory or process, and the subsequent uniqueness that could only come from that artist.
The Ceramic Museum + Mosaic Garden in Jingzhou China is a wonderful dovetail of process and interpretation. Mosaic, an artistic concept as ancient as China itself, is made unique and personal thanks to the locally-sourced ceramic that Jingzhou is famous throughout the world for.
In preparation for the 2013 World Landscape Art Exposition in Jingzhou, Casanova + Hernandez Architects designed this incredible space for visitors to enjoy. The idea was to bring together and play upon concepts that might normally not be linked.
For example, working with the ancient art of mosaic, known all over the world, but using only local ceramic, what Jingzhou is known for all over the world. The trademark crackle glaze on each ceramic piece echoes the geometric lines of mosaic art. Indeed this was also the inspiration for the long, bold, angular lines of the park itself.
The design also lends structure and rigidity to something as organic and natural as flowers, while transforming the rigidity of ceramic into the likeness of soft, sweet flowers. That yin/yang quality is to be found in many aspects of this gorgeous space.
Did I mention this place used to be a shrimp farm? This place used to be a shrimp farm. The land was reclaimed from the sea, and after phase 1: the landscape art expo, it was reclaimed once again, becoming phase 2: the central park space of a new urban housing development.
Bold, straight lines are juxtaposed with soft, rounded flower petals. Uniformity in color scheme transitions through various mediums, engaging visitors with compelling visual stories. These flowers are the color of those tiles. The shapes of the flower beds are mirrored in the building, or is the building mirrored in the flower beds?
The brightly colored exterior of the building is mostly comprised of angles, echoes of the ceramic glaze, and mosaic too. The inside is painted a stark white, showcasing many triangular skylights and windows which allow light to pour in from every angle. Inside this beautiful space is where you’ll find rotating installations from all manner of artists.
The overarching intention of this project, no matter the phase, is to shine a light on the interconnection we all share. How shapes can mirror, inspire, transform, and so much more. How one thing can take on the qualities of another, and vice-versa.
By inviting artists to tell their own stories from within this shrine to connection, it adds another layer of meaning, another point to ponder. More consideration of perspective, and another way to be and feel in this space. Not too shabby for an old shrimp farm!