Artworks mosaic campers to return to work after rain delay

PIECES INTO PLACE: (On right) Student Rileigh Bos and Artworks education coordinator Ruth Vermeer (left) places tiles on a cement base in Pocket Park on Tuesday. The project was called off due to rain on Wednesday, but work will restart Thursday. (Pioneer photo/Lauren Fitch)

BIG RAPIDS — Wednesday’s rain showers delayed progress on Artworks’ mosaic project in Pocket Park, but the tile flora planned for the base of the pergola will bloom soon enough.

PUBLIC ART: Sam Robey places tiles on a mosaic in Pocket Park. The City of Big Rapids contributed funding to the public art project, which began last summer and is being completed by an Artworks camp this week.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Artworks campers completed a mosaic on one cement base in Pocket Park on Monday and Tuesday this week. The final base will be finished this week.

As part of an Artworks mosaic summer camp, three middle school and high school students are joining mosaic artist Patricia Terpstra and Ruth Vermeer, Artworks education coordinator, this week in finishing a public art project begun last summer. Contributing to a lasting piece of art is a great opportunity for students, Vermeer said.

“The (City of Big Rapids) provided funding last year that enabled us to do this,” she added. “They have allowed these kids to have an art experience that’s really unique.”

Mosaic designs were completed last year on two of the four cement bases of the Pocket Park pergola. Artworks campers finished another base on Tuesday, and the final one will be finished Thursday and Friday.

“They didn’t realize how tedious the work was,” Vermeer said. “So they gained some perspective on the dilligence and patience it takes to make this happen.”

ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Student Christina Hatfield and artist Patricia Terpstra work on a mosaic in Pocket Park on Tuesday as part of an Artworks summer camp. Last summer, campers created mosaics on two of four bases that uphold the pavilion. The other two bases should be finished by the end of the week.

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