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Mosaic is an often forgotten form of art, but still capable to brilliantly meet the eye

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726 points · 1 month ago

Fuck that sucks.

level 3

Wonder what the story is there. How could you destroy something that beautiful?

level 4

my uni installed a mosaic outside of the library and it was just a money pit for upkeep. Turns out you can't really walk on it and it shouldn't be exposed to winter. or summer. or direct sunlight. or rain.

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507 points · 1 month ago

we had a bunch downt town here in a popular shopping area. they used some special glue and then a plastic seal coat of some type on top. they held up really well. the artist company that did it got paid like a half a mill for ten of them. and they got torn up a couple years ago for a side walk improvement. total waste. all local Minnesotans wild life scenes of lakes, fish, and one with a moose that was just amazing.

level 6

This is why mosaics belong on walls and ceilings, not floors that people walk on.

level 7

Or on an indoor wall just off an entryway. Foresight -100

level 8

Plus you don't want to step on the wrong tile and set off the trapdoor ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

level 9

A rookie mistake in any situation.

level 10

A surprise, to be sure...

level 9

steps on all the tiles

level 7

The romans did just fine with floor Mosaics for hundreds of years

level 8

Rome was also in a pretty dry and temperate climate

level 9

Roman mosaics are also found in Britain, a distinctly damp area of the world

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2 points · 1 month ago

and if you busted them on purpose, they probably crucified you.

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11 points · 1 month ago

Romans made tons of floor mosaics, many of which exist in a decently preserved state to this day. The difference is that they used tiles that were at least an inch thick. You can tell in the deteriorating shots that this mosaic was just attached to the surface of the ground.

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Survival bias, the ones that survived were at least an inch thick, there is no way to tell if they did or didn't use thinner ones as well

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But the pool floor?

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Floor mosaics should be covered with an acrylic to prevent degredation

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i think the ones here were. it was some sort of liquid they spread on them. took like three days to set up. they kept them surrounded by temporary chain link to keep people off them.

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91 points · 1 month ago

Wait, people actually walked on it? My university has a curse for ours, and its held up well.

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80 points · 1 month ago

What kind of curse? Like a hex, or more of an enchantment?

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86 points · 1 month ago

If you're an undergrad, you won't finish in four years and you'll lose your scholarships. Those going on to grad school: you'll be at the end of all your professors letter of rec lists and/or not get your letter, of rec. Its slightly different different amongst the different majors.

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we had that at our college's campus, except the curse was about a walkthrough bell-tower/WWII memorial on top of the hill. The commencement line walks down the hill, through the campanile on the way to the ceremony, and for many of us, that's the first/last time we ever get to see inside it.

level 9

Rock chalk!

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Jayhawk!

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KU?

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You know it!

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level 7

Depends on who or whom casted it!

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Who. Whom is if it's the object of the sentence, like "whom it was cast by."

level 8

I heard it was some lvl 40 wizard, should be pretty good enough

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Ohhhh maybe like Indiana Jones. Spike will pop up and impale the feet.

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what a terrible night to have a curse

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I’ll upvote Simon’s Quest any time I see it.

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Wait, a curse?

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Many universities have silly superstitions regarding the good/bad luck that will befall you if you touch/rub/walk over/walk through a given statue/plaque/floor/door before/after admission/finals/graduation, etc. Sometimes they don't actually exist but tour guides pretend they do. Creating one to keep students off an expensive piece of art might be effective at protecting it

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It’s less supernatural, and more harshly enforced, but I remember something similar from the military.

In basic training there was a unit crest, motto, and mascot painted onto the center of our floor, and woe be unto whomsoever stepped onto said sacred ground. The only exemption to the curse was if you were currently running a floor buffer.

I stepped on that shit maliciously yo, because I’m a rebel, Dottie.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Yup. Just as another example, Gallaudet University has the coffin door where it’s said that any freshman/1st year student who walks through it will never graduate.

Nowadays no one uses the door, even regular employees that the superstition shouldn’t affect.

level 8

Kinda like hockey players and the Stanley Cup:

Touching the Cup

Another tradition (or rather superstition) that is prevalent among today's NHL players is that no player should touch the Cup itself until his team has rightfully won the Cup. Adding to this superstition is some players' choice to neither touch nor hoist the conference trophies (Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and Prince of Wales Trophy) when these series have been won; the players feel that the Stanley Cup is the true championship trophy, and only it should be hoisted. - Wikipedia

level 6

They need a new witchdoctor.

level 7

They need Polymer-modified Mortar and grout.

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it shouldn't be exposed to winter. or summer. or direct sunlight. or rain.

Guess those Romans knew a thing or two more than your uni

level 6

The Uni probably cheaped the fuck out on the making of it.

level 6

lol. yeah 2000 years vs 2 months

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2 points · 1 month ago

TIL Romans spent 2000 years building mosaics that don't exist anymore.

level 8

Those zany Latin-speaking badgers

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Exactly this. If you're going to create an artwork on the ground in a public place, it will need to withstand people constantly walking on it, and the extremes of temperature and weather.

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Unless you wanted to put a mosaic in a fountain, I’d agree. Granted the water could still freeze, but not everywhere gets cold enough for that to happen regularly.

level 7

Fountains in cold climates are drained and winterized.

level 7

Most places will shut off and drain fountains in the winter.

level 5

Would it help to coat it under a layer of clear resin, like you do with shower inlays, made of e.g. river rock, wood paneling, etc.

edit: the kind if you do not wanna use a shower-tub insert of plastic, metal or ceramics. You see it a lot in DIY projects lately.

level 6

better to lay it over a drain field, then have a stainless steel liner, with perforations and then lay it on that and seal it.

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level 5

Makes sense. Say nosaic to mosaic.

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5 points · 1 month ago

You didn't go to Mizzou did you? We had a a cursed mosaic outside one of our libraries too! https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2012/0514-tiger-spot-will-be-removed-from-mu’s-lowry-mall/

level 6

I did. small world.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Class 2010 here.

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My uni has a large metal seal of the university in the middle of the main walkway. The way they keep the thing safe is by spreading the rumor to every freshmen class that you will be cursed with not graduating on time if you walk on it. Needless to say no one wants to risk thousands of dollars on trusting it’s made up.

level 5

Epoxy fixes all those issues.

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Agreed, all comes down to durability. If you're installing this in a high traffic area or worse yet it's exposed to freeze-thaw and nobody is talking with the artist about those concerns it won't last.

There's a reason you construct sidewalks differently than bathroom tile.

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I find this interesting considering I recently visited some Roman ruins and found mosaics still pretty intact and comprehendible. Guess they don’t make em like they used to.

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2 points · 1 month ago
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Mizzou?

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yep.

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Oh so you mean outside

level 5

Terrazzo mosaics do better outdoors.

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I’m going to guess it’s wear and tear from a poor location choice. Probably couldn’t handle the foot traffic?

level 5

They should cover the mosaic with a layer of epoxy or resin or some other fixative.

level 6

And then set up a camera to watch people slip every time it rains.

level 7

I wonder if there's an appropriate material that's transparent, durable, and provides traction.

level 8

Epoxy would work if you added some kind of grit to it but that would possibly ruin the aesthetics. I suppose if you used something clear as the grit it may work

level 9

It sure would look better than the post wear picture.

level 10

Yeah, it’s a damn shame. The artwork is beautiful.

level 9

Hmmm. How about same clear epoxy but applied generously by blotting with a sponge. Give it texture while maintaining some of the aesthetic.

level 10

It would even add to the look of water. What fools they were!

level 8

I don't think there is. Since a surface that is rough enough to walk on would probably rough enough to diffuse the light and make things look blurry

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4 points · 1 month ago

Hey, they need to learn not to walk into fish ponds no matter the weather.

level 8

That is an idea. the mosaic a little bit lower then the rest of the walking areas, then fill with water (or thousands of cans of UGLY, if you feel like that pond is too cheap).

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10 points · 1 month ago

The Romans and Greeks figured this stuff out a couple of thousand years ago, do we really not know how to make a usable floor Mosaic any more?

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2 points · 1 month ago

Floor or sidewalk?

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4 points · 1 month ago

The greeks made Mosaic walkways in their outdoor markets iirc

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So you're saying they should use some sort of sealer?

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Sun and Winter laugh at your resin or epoxy.

Changes in temperature weaken these things fairly quickly and then the tiles pop loose and disappear and that is the end of it.

level 6

Or superglue.

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level 4

Well look where they put it. I was expecting this to be on it’s on canvas hanging in some wall or Museum

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Floor mosaics were very common in ancient Greece and Rome. Some of them are still around. Admittedly, the floor of a wealthy household is going to be treated differently than a public sidewalk, but it should still be able to last more than a few months.

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level 4

Mother Nature doesn't give a shit and people walking on it aren't exactly intentionally destroying it.

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I guess you have never been to Croydon (London, UK)

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happens all the time

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Mosaics probably weren't the best idea for outdoor art, as well being in the middle of a street didn't help

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Could it have been protected better with a finish or a different adhesive maybe? Public art needs to be sturdy because of people and the fucking pigeon.

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That lusty ass fucking pigeon is a mean breed.

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16 points · 1 month ago

"Where is my fucking coat?"

"In the closet, with your regular one."

level 3

Yeah. Possibly put it a bit in the ground and then put a layer of resin over it something maybe? Or glass.

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11 points · 1 month ago

Yeah, i'm thinking it should have been covered by a sealer.

level 4

How many of these and other floors could have been saved if they had not missed this step?

level 3

we should ask corning if they can provide a proper solution.

level 2

Romans used to put mosaics at the bottom of pools, fountains, etc. Would that help it from being so easily damaged by wear and tear, weather, etc?

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29 points · 1 month ago

If you visit the Villa Borghese in Rome, a lot of the room floors are mosaics and they have lasted 400 years so far. Pompeii has many houses with Mosaic floors (even some quite bland, just huge white expanses) dating back 2000 years. So, it can be done to survive (inside at least).

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6 points · 1 month ago

Yeah and they are mostly on walls or inside pools, not on streets to be walked on.

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The person you replied to did specify floors, and mosaics were commonly used for regular floors of rooms. It's true that a public street is different, but they were definitely being walked on.

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7 points · 1 month ago

I think they used them for floors too like this.

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ew croydon.

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11 points · 1 month ago

Yep. That’s my picture from over two years ago. I haven’t been past that way in a while, so I don’t know how bad it is now.

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They should have built the mosaic in a recess and poured some sort of clear resin on top so that it's even with the pavement but is protected from the elements.

So long as there is no air between the tiles and the sealant there shouldn't be any condensation, and when the clear coat gets scuffed by pedestrians you could just buff the scratches off, and when it gets thin you could just re-pour it.

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37 points · 1 month ago
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You know, I understand there's a point when past things no longer bring good feelings, and we have to get rid of some of it, but this was destroyed for preparation of a shopping mall? Sad.

level 4

It also wasn’t attached to the wall, so it could have been saved.

level 4

You know, I understand there's a point when past things no longer bring good feelings,

If it is old/expensive enough, you do not just go and destroy it. You relocate it and use it as a way to educate people on why people back then commemorated these things and why we do not do so anymore.

Destroying it is a short term fix to make people feel better (like face paint), educating people is the long term solution (like a proper surgery to remove the burn scars on the face).

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'Famous'?

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5 points · 1 month ago

It was the only good thing in the city.

Although I am biased towards the museum there.

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Damn they should have covered it in some kind of sealant.

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Destroyed by people, I’m assuming?

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6 points · 1 month ago

Yeah probably, we’re the worst.

level 4
6 points · 1 month ago

Orca are pretty savage tho

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level 2

Did they seal it though?

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Romans made mosaics for hundreds of years that are still doing fine today. Just have to do it the right way, and they last forever.

level 2

That’s so much better looking than my city :/

level 2

Dang!

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What in the hell happened with this title?

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You know, it made sense when I first glanced at it, but now it looks like gibberish, or something I would write when I was in High School English class

level 1

I'm unfamiliar with that phrasing, "capable to meet the eye".

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Capable to brilliantly meet the eye

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It’s somethinf someone says to sound smart

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It's a bot or karma farming account and the title was generated by AI or a non speaker smashing words together from previous titles

level 4

That history, no comments other than "source:", yet hundreds of posts since being created in April... definitely sounds like a karma farming bot...

level 5

Why though. Why. I don’t get it

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Step 1: Make bot

Step 2: Increase Karma

Step 3: Sell Account

Step 4: Profit

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level 4

Interesting!

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39 points · 1 month ago

or somebody for who English is not their first language.

They may not have the full nuance of the language, but the meaning is clear enough.

And I bet they can spell "something"

level 4

You were onto something until that last part.

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5 points · 1 month ago

*somethinf

level 4

You got me! That’s how I think something is spelled! Couldn’t have been a typo at all!

level 5

The fact that OP doesn’t speak English as a first language should be as readily apparent as your misspelling being a typo was.

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I believe the proper phrasing would be "...capable of brilliantly meeting the eye"

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Or to sound human.

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It's like trying to put two magnets of the same force field together... with enough force and will, you can align them, but only for a second.

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293 points · 1 month ago

Wtf is that title

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88 points · 1 month ago

karma farming bot.

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Probably, has about a billion posts and they all read like a wiki

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228 points · 1 month ago

what a weird title

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level 2

It's a repost bot

level 1

Nice bot account

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100% all they post is pictures and sources

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all digital images are mosaics.

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Not if they are vector graphics

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Touché, though vector-based displays are hard to come by these days. Nearly all are pixel-based.

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15 points · 1 month ago

Who forgot about mosaics?

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Holy shit I thought the mosaic was the floor of a pond but I look closer and realise the fishes are also mosaics

level 2

I feel hook, line and sinker

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Fishing for puns here? Okay, I’ll take the bait.

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10 points · 1 month ago

If you like mosaics you gotta go to Portugal. Portugal covers as much stuff with mosaic tiling as they possibly can.

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20 points · 1 month ago

Most mosaics are just that… mosaics.

This is art utilizing the mosaic medium.

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6 points · 1 month ago

Years ago, I visited one of the biggest mosaic shops in Montreal.

It was amazing to see the preparation and process—especially how they were able to use textures and palates to create exact visuals from abstract pieces.

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I never condsidered the potential of mosaics until I entered the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, most importantly I was suddenly eye to eye with the fabulous Deësis mosaic depicting Jesus, probably made around 1261. It really was as good a vessel to depict a face and emotion as I ever saw, had no idea a mosaic could be like that.

A detail.

It made me want to visit mosaics around the mediterranean, like roman mosaics in Libya etc, but I never really pursued it.

By far my favourite building ever by the way, it is dense with history, remains of artworks and remnants of different religions. An impressive free standing dome (without much supporting internal columns) from around 530s AD, even has "viking grafitti"/runic inscriptions, norsemen went there, some to join [the Varangian Guard.] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varangian_Guard)

It was extraordinary as a byzantine church, and now the characteristic turkish mosques are modelled in this fashion.

Truly a fine place to visit, that patch of land where Asia and Europe meet. So much to see in one place, the neighbouring palace and its collections and the giant underground cistern as well. I also developed a little obsession with egyptian obelisks, which are now spread around the world, but that is a different story. If you get a chance to visit, do.

level 1

I want this as a rug!

level 1

According to whom is it forgotten? Fucking hate those false controversy titles..

level 1

Your title is annoying af.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Basically just ancient pixel art

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2 points · 1 month ago

I love mosaics! Beautiful!

level 1

Fuck me, thought it was real fish in there n I was fucking confused why everyone’s talking about walking on it.

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Is there is subreddit for nsfw mosaics? Asking for a friend.

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Too much mosaic art is essentially abstract. Pieces like this are unique and awesome.

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2 points · 1 month ago

My old middle school used to put mosaics everywhere on the walls. They had an elective class where you were able to help create them.

I went back recently and the two mosaics I helped make are still there. It’s nice to know that my contributions are still there

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2 points · 1 month ago

Took me around 6-8 seconds to realize this was art and not someones backyard

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2 points · 1 month ago

What the fuck is that title?

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3 points · 1 month ago

Was this title written by a robot?

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Pretty sure OP is a bot collecting karma. Look at his comment history - they're all the same.

level 1

Cool!

level 1

I thought this was a pool with art on the bottom

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I am a fan of mosaic whenever I see it if it’s good like this

level 1

took me too long

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I thought those were real fish for like a minute and I was confused on how the tiles fit so perfectly with the shadows.

level 1

Clearly it was not enough! Should have had Emperor Nero handle it!

If anyone gets this reference, I'll be floored.

level 1

How much?

level 1

Worked for a pool building company, I have a huge respect for the art of mosaics. Some of the shit that Bill did with tile was mindblowing. Poor bastard never was treated well for his work. By Gaia I respect that chainsmoking, whiskey slamming, no-teeth son of a bitch.

level 1

Really thought there was water on this image. So well done

level 1

That's amazing. I want that. Lovely.

level 1

Wow! At first glance I thought this was a pool with a mosaic on the bottom and real koi swimming on top.

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I feel bad for the colorblind people that can't see it though :(

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they took this from you

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... no go g

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It's not used so often because it is more expensive than a normal tile.

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Incredible beaut and talent!

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I was initially happy for those fish living in a nice mosaic pool. I realized that they were fake and I am sad now.

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