Daviea Davis, 2009
The "Neighborhood Mosaic Project " was a collaborative residency and exhibition between Daviea Davis, local schools and the community that culminated in a glass mosaic panorama of the unique characteristics and joys of the city of Pittsburgh. The exhibition at PGC ran from April 3, 2009 through June 14, 2009.
Davis spent four months prior to the beginning of her residency thinking about the project and forming ideas in her mind. She began building the mosaic in January 2009 with her assistant Rick Forman. She worked with the students at Arsenal Family and Children’s Center, Pittsburgh Montessori, Pittsburgh Sterrett, Taylor Allderdice High School and Winchester Thurston School.
All materials used to build the installation were salvaged from across the city. The windows and fixtures were donated by Construction Junction. Over a million shards of glass were donated by Youghiogheny Glass. Additional items were gathered from various neighborhoods in the community.
“I’m a salvage artist. That’s what’s most freeing and fun for me is taking something that someone considers garbage and turning it into something beautiful,” said Davis.