Today I continue my quest to justify the fact that I was claiming to be “working” while in Italy. Forthwith I submit to you the coolest mosaic I encountered while visiting the town of my company‘s namesake, Ravenna:
I’m serious! Situated in between the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and San Vitale (home of some of the most famous mosaics anywhere in the world) was what appeared at first glance to be a large round bale of hay. However, upon closer inspection, the bale of hay was apparently fabricated from…stalks of gold smalti glass.
You can see how excited I was by our discovery. It was gorgeous beyond belief. Honey, take my picture!
Side-note about photography logistics–let me set the stage: at this point in our trip I had been in Italy for almost a week, truly working by tramping through trade shows. Dave, my trusty photographer, and Gracie, 11, had been in Italy for approximately 2 hours. I took the below shot with his camera soon after he took the above shots (which he apparently took with one hand). Trooping to Ravenna with 11 year old child and camera after landing in Bologna that very morning: Priceless.
Now that’s a good man.(Some of you might remember what seems to be my most popular post “The Best Shower Accessory…” –yes, he’s the star. In fact, if you type “best shower accessory” into google, he’s on the first page).
He also seems to be encouraging all of us to use our innate creativity for the betterment of the planet and to not fall back into the rut of the old, wasteful ways. Well Bravo, Marco, I certainly will be looking at hay bales a lot more closely now. And it just occurred to me, I bet when Monet painted them, a lot of people did the same thing. Not a bad act to follow.
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New Ravenna Mosaics founder and Creative Director, Owner, Sara Baldwin Design, Bass guitar player, Envisioner, Appreciator of the Sublime and Ridiculous.