Scheduled to be unveiled this summer, this new 8ft by 15ft seamless glass mosaic depicting our local marine habitat complete with kelp, stingrays, porpoises, sea lions and more will be an instant iconic landmark for Encinitas! This gorgeous piece of art will be displayed on the new Marine Safety Center, which recently broke ground at Moonlight Beach!
“This is a long awaited piece of art” said Bob Nichols, President of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. “Our beach community needs more ocean art. This mosaic will have a legend on the side, so children and beach goers of all ages can learn all about what sea life lives just yards off of our shore. We feel if people are educated about our ocean, they will respect and love it more.”
So who are the artists? The concept was developed by Peggy Sue Zepeda, a well known local painter, and the mosaic is currently being constructed by Don Myers Stained Glass shop in Oceanside. Mark Patterson, the Surfing Madonna mosaic artist, will create the famous message “Save the Ocean” in two separate panels of tiny colored stones down the side exactly like the Surfing Madonna mosaic. Lastly, the mosaic will be “seamless” meaning there is no grout in between the pieces of glass. It will appear like a painting, but with the intense beauty of colored glass. The mosaic will be complete and unveiled at Moonlight Beach this summer when the new Marine Safety Center is officially opened.
Don Myers invited the community to come out and help with the creation of the mosaic! Pictured below are the community helpers learning to make a mosaic!