Volunteers from Kuchinate, an African refugee women’s collective, working on the ‘We Were All Once Refugees’ mosaic on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard.
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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.”