Blue Ripple Mandala

  192” diameter, hand-sculpted, sgraffito-carved, ceramic tile.  Comprised of 20” x 20” porcelain tiles with smaller parts to make ripples and corners. Thin-set mortared with California Department of State Architect approved mounting bracket with Flex-Bond Mortar to concrete substrate wall. Here's what Natalie says about this piece, "the Blue Ripple Mandala is one of our largest installations on the Chabot College campus.   This piece started out as a gift to the college, and turned into one of our favorite pieces. We didn’t want to cheat the fabulously ugly wall out of the best possible solution.  This wall faced the exit of the new $5 million dollar administration building. Why do we feel concrete walls with all the goop stains and form lines are acceptable? They are a huge NO facing us, as far as I’m concerned. I wanted to make a huge YES with that Blue Ripple Mandala. I had created this idea for a piece as a proposal for another art grant in Albequerque. Cynthia Parker-Houghton (Natalie Blake Studios Designer)  figured out the correct scale for this piece and carved it out beautifully. We envisioned blue for this piece from the beginning, as a cooling agent for the campus. The blistering heat can be a menace to daily campus life, especially shrouded in cement walls and walks. While the concept of the piece was a blue mandala with ripple waves, what I now see after it is in place is an abstract flower that is really a  reflection  as seen in ripples of water." handsculpted, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake   handmade, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake   handsculpted, carved, ceramic architectural tile by Natalie Blake   handsculpted, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake  

Watch us install the Blue Ripple Mandala:

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2 Responses to “Blue Ripple Mandala”

  1. fonda January 7, 2015 at 8:21 am #498291

    Have a client that is a clay guild that wants to install a similar style of tiles to front of their building.
    How did you attach these to the building.
    Thanks have an awesome day

  2. NB Studios May 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm #559079

    Visit our “How to Install our Tile” under the “tile info” tab . . .

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