American artist Michele Oka Doner and Charlestown, Massachusetts-based mosaic manufacturer Artaic recently collaborated on a new public art display at Florida International University in Miami. The art piece, titled “The Third Day’, is on display along the exterior façade of the university’s Academic Health Center 4, a 6-story, 137,000-square-foot cast-in-place facility designed by Perkins+Will and constructed by DPR Construction. The stunning mosaic mural can be seen at a prime focal point on campus, located on the northern ground floor frontage of the building along University Drive with East Campus Circle.
The design is Oka Doner’s interpretation of the third day of creation when land and vegetation were created and depicts microscopic views of plants native to Miami, FL. Because the mosaic can be seen by both those walking alongside the building and by travelers driving on a major intersection close to the campus, this installation needed to have the ability to convey its message to onlookers both close and far away and it certainly succeeded. Using Artaic’s 1″ Vitreous Glass, the public art mural creates a breathtaking feature piece.
Studies show that public art plays a vital role in the process of community building, creating a sense of neighborhood culture, history and identity, while beautifying public spaces. Oka Doner’s work inspires the student body while encouraging people to pay attention and perceive more deeply the environment they occupy. Through the collaboration with Artaic, the artwork is preserved through durable mosaic tile while simultaneously showcased to the public, providing an inspiring, imaginative view to be enjoyed by all who visit.