Northern Collegiate Mosaic Mural file photo Dec. 21,2017

Mosaic Masterpiece At Northern Collegiate

After nearly eight years of hard work, a large, colourful Mosaic Mural was unveiled Thursday at Northern Collegiate High School.

It’s an abstract piece depicting Sarnia-Lambton from an aerial view and features 15,000 pieces of handmade and glazed tile, fused glass, broken china and beach glass.

It includes the St. Clair River, and Lake Huron, as well as a large Viking ship and the northern star.

Over 200 art students and community members helped create the 8 ft by 12 ft work of art.

Art Teacher Ian McLean admits it was a challenge.

“It’s mostly made of hand-made tiles,” says McLean. “This required rolling out clay, firing the clay and glazing it different colours and then adhering them. That is very labour intensive to do that, especially when the pieces are cut so small.”

McLean adds it couldn’t have been done without help from fellow teacher Trevor Jamieson who was in charge of the glazed tiles.

There’s a donor wall set up beneath the mural in support of the 4-Northern Association.

All of the money raised helps students in their post-secondary journey.