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On Sunday, February 23, a year almost to the day since we held our first public workshop for the Maple Ridge Community Mosaic, we proudly returned to the freshly renovated Maple Ridge Leisure Centre for the Grand Re-opening celebrations.
The facility was open admission-free for the pool party, music, prizes, and other activities throughout the day. Mayor Mike Morden kindly gave us a special mention during his speech and we were especially honoured to be asked to join him along with other councillors and guests for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and for a piece of the official cake.
For more information about the Maple Ridge Community Mosaic check out the City of Maple Ridge’s Public Art website.
When all the custom tiles had been extruded, baked, glazed, re-fired and ready, we began assembling the Maple Ridge Community Mosaics.
The mosaics are prepared in small sections that are numbered and correspond to coordinates on a large map. Each of the ~14,500 custom made tiles are laid by hand, carefully following the design and using special templates to make sure that the tiles are evenly spaced. After each section has been laid, it gets checked, covered with a layer of clear face tape, coded, mounted to a protective card and boxed ready for transport to Maple Ridge.