Fiddling While Rome Burns

  • Bioswale (Slow It Down, Soak It Up)

    Materials: Asphalt, limestone, sandstone, marble, litovi, smalti Size: 18″h x 20″w (approximately) Year: 2017 This mosaic is all about using nature (specifically, rain gardens) to slow down and soak up the rain as extreme precipitation increases with climate change. Read more about it here.

  • The Paths Most Travelled

    Materials: Redback boot (right), Bogs boot (left), cement, shale, limestone Size: 26.5″h x 24.25″w Year: 2017 This mosaic is all about active transportation (specifically, walking) and how it is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. It is based on my most frequented walking routes while I was living in Ottawa and was still car-free. […]

  • Pollan’s Rule (Mostly Plants)

    Materials: Bones, shale, dishes, gold smalti Size: 20.25″h x 15.25″w Year: 2017 This mosaic explores the climate impact of our food choices, specifically meat consumption. Read more about it here.

  • Wind power and solar power detail of mosaic about renewable energy by Julie Sperling

    Power Dynamic (Renewable Production, Mindful Consumption)

    Materials: Marble, limestone, sandstone, mudstone, litovi, smalti, knob and tube, shell, solar panel, petrified wood, shale, ceramic, miscellaneous stone Size: 22″h x 11″w Year: 2017 This mosaic explores how we produce and consume energy as an integral part of addressing climate change. Read more about it here.

  • (Un)Necessary Evil

    Materials: Limestone, marble, bituminous dolomite, coal, shale, salvaged glass, graffiti paint layers Size: 14″h x 14″w Year: 2017 A commissioned sister mosaic to “(Un)Acceptable Loss”, this oil spill–inspired mosaic is about the negative impacts that happen over the course of getting fossil fuels out of the ground and all the way to our homes, vehicles, […]

  • Both/And

    Materials: Marble, shale Size: 14″h x 14″w Year: 2016 This piece is a depiction of the relationship between the two sides of climate action—adaptation and mitigation—and how they are equally important and urgent. Read the full explanation here.

  • (More Than) Enough

    Materials: One single piece of limestone Size: 16″h x 12″w Year: 2016 Through an exploration of the notion of “enough”, this piece deals with the connection between consumption and climate change, and how simply consuming less can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full explanation here.

  • (Un)Acceptable Loss

    Materials: Limestone, marble, unglazed porcelain, smalti, salvaged glass, graffiti paint layers Size: 11″h x 11″w Year: 2016 Inspired by an oil spill, this mosaic is about the negative impacts that happen over the course of getting fossil fuels out of the ground and all the way to our homes, vehicles, and industries. Read the full explanation here.

  • Flip The System (Amplified Change)

    Materials: Limestone, marble, ceramic, petrified wood, conglomerate, pyrite, phyllite Size: 21″h x 21″w Year: 2016 A mosaic about positive feedback loops and how climate action can build to reach a critical mass. Read the full explanation here.

  • Shouting Into The Wind

    Materials: Shale, coal, rusted metal, 24-karat gold smalti Size: 6″h x 5.5″w each Year: 2015 Three small mosaics about the emotional side of climate science. Read the full explanation here.

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