Serendipitous mosaics

A college student makes her mark in Tel Aviv.

By NATALIE CHETBOUN
May 16, 2018 16:19
4 minute read.
 Volunteers from Kuchinate, an African refugee women’s collective, working on the ‘We Were All Once

Volunteers from Kuchinate, an African refugee women’s collective, working on the ‘We Were All Once Refugees’ mosaic on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Shortly after moving to Israel from Boston in 2014, mosaic mural artist Mia Schon found herself in Mevaseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem, sleeping in her clients’ small home office – converted into a temporary bedroom for her to use after a long day’s work.

The clients, Avital, Ehud and their two children, were finally redecorating their home – a lifelong dream – after Avital survived breast cancer, and commissioned Schon to create a colorful mosaic mural on the outside wall of their house. Facing a large garden and hidden from public view, the piece measures over three meters tall and three and a half meters wide at its broadest point. It was Schon’s first private commission, and to save time and reduce travel expenses – she lives and works in Tel Aviv – the family agreed to host her during the project’s duration. “Only in Israel,” Schon quips. “You couldn’t do that in a contract anywhere else.”

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