CHAMBERS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY DEDICATES ENVIRONMENTAL MOSAIC
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Chambers Development Company, Inc., (AMEX: CDVA, CDVB) and its president, John G. Rangos Sr., today unveiled and dedicated an environmental mosaic by world renowned artist Vanessa Somers at the company's corporate headquarters, it was announced.
The mosaic, which was specially commissioned by Rangos, depicts the sun, moon, water-sea and rain, and vegetation.
"These are the four elements in the bio system, which slowly, miraculously, turn the ugly dead into the new -- like the phoenix rising from its ashes," Somers said. "The world on its axis is the central part of the picture."
The mosaic that will be unveiled is in the tradition of ancient Roman mosaics. It is 35-inches-by-35-inches and weighs 75 pounds. The setting base is cement and the majority of marble Somers and her partner, Vanessa Benson, used in the mosaic is from Cararra, Italy. Other marble is from Brazil, Belgium and other countries.
Somers said the glass is made into round flat "pizzas" in Venice on Murano, then hand cut, sometimes to such "little chips that it has to be picked up with tweezers." There are more than 19 different colors of marble and the same number of colors in glass in this mosaic.
Painstakingly, she and her partner cut and assembled the chips of glass in reverse on paper. Two inches can take four hours of work, Somers said. Then the fragile work of art, glued into place with flour, is turned upside down into liquid cement and the paper removed.
"Color gradations were so difficult to realize in this particular work of art that marble and glass pieces had to be torn apart and reassembled in certain areas up to five times before the harmonious colors married with each other," Somers said. "Getting a feeling of a third dimension, where the globe seems to be really round, also proved very difficult."
Somers comes from a family of painters. Self-taught, she studied in Paris for 12 years, as well as New York and Rome. She learned to work in mosaics in Rome, studying with professor Anselmi of the Vatican Studio of Mosaics. She earned her doctorate degree by creating a gigantic mosaic pool that was 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. It took her 16 months to complete.
She invented the idea of putting mosaics into her medium -- transparency, and the results are almost as if the mosaic is entrapped in water, suspended as light as air in an aqueous substance.
Her work is well known in Europe, where she has exhibited extensively, and is in private collections in the United States and across the globe.
Chambers Development Company, Inc., headquarterd in Pittsburgh, is a leading environmental firm. The company and its subsidiaries offer services in landfill development, transfer station operations, and recycling as well as the collection, transportation and disposal of residential, commercial, non-hazardous industrial and medical solid wastes.
Chambers provides security services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Security Bureau, Inc., the 10th largest U.S. security firm.
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