November 4, 2011

Kinuko Y. Craft - How a painting becomes a mural

For the World Food Prize building in Des Moines, Iowa, Kinuko Y. Craft was charged with creating 2 large portraits that would be turned into Mosaics to hang in one of the main rooms of the building. The portraits were of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan of India, the first World Food Prize Laureate honored in 1987, and Dr. Evangelina Villegas of Mexico, who was the first female Laureate, honored in 2000. Both were honored for their achievements in agricultural achievement to produce high-yielding crops. Everyone was awestruck Kinuko's paintings, their detail and color made them highly prized by the WFP. 


The task of putting the mosaic together after the painting was finished was given to Mosaika who said that this was the most intricate mosaic they have ever worked on. As you can see from the pictures below, they had their work cut out for them but the result was a breathtaking, cross-medium collaboration. 


To view the mosaic upclose, you can go here on Mosaika's website: http://mosaika.com/gigapans.html


Also take a look at Mosaica's blogs about putting up the murals in the World Food Prize building: 


http://mosaikadesmoines.blogspot.com/2011/10/dr-evangelina-villegas.html
http://mosaikadesmoines.blogspot.com/2011/10/m-s-swaminathan.html


Below is a process of how Kinuko created the paintings and than how it was assembled with tiny bits of colored glass. 


Process for Dr. M.S. Swaminathan of India









Process for Mosaic






And the finished product...




Process for Dr. Evangelina Villegas









Process for Mosaic








And the finished product...







1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous pieces. The mosaics look just as good as the paintings!

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