Mozaik of Life
Unveiled on January 20, 2011 at Trillium's Queensway Health Centre (formerly Trillium - West Toronto), the Mozaik of Life is an exciting, innovative photographic art mural that celebrates the people who make up the Trillium family – our patients, staff, physicians, volunteers and community supporters.
Inspired by the Foundation, commissioned by the health centre and sponsored by the Volunteers of Trillium Health Centre, the Mozaik of Life measures 12 x 65 feet (3.6 by 19.8 metres) and is said to be the largest digital mosaic of its kind in Canada!
From a distance, the Mozaik of Life looks like three large portraits. At a closer look, the murals consist of 79,200 smaller images, or “pixels”, that make up the larger portraits. Over 200 individuals participated as models for the project in Spring 2010. They were draped in colourful cloth and photographed by a group of artists called the Human MOZAIK. Those 200-plus photos are the “pixels” used to create the larger mosaic.
Every picture tells a unique Trillium story and pays tribute to the strength and diversity of our community. The Mozaik of Life also recognizes the energy and warmth that an artistic project such as this can bring to a healing health care environment. It will be a permanent art installation on the walls of The Trillium Way atrium.
Faces featured in Trillium’s Mozaik of Life
For Trillium’s Mozaik of Life project, over 200 individuals from the community were photographed – including patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, donors, supporters, government representatives, community business leaders and members of the local media. Three individuals are featured as the large-scale images.
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Human MOZAÏK: the artists behind the project
The Human MOZAÏK is a community-based artistic group that provides opportunities for local residents to participate in the arts. The group’s mandate is to enrich the community through the medium of art in an urban setting.
Its goal is to artistically showcase humanity as a collection of various individual pixels that come together to create a magnificent MOZAÏK art piece and collective mural.
The Human MOZAÏK project was first created in 2003 by Jean René at the Ottawa Fringe Festival with the purpose of encouraging the community to take part in an interactive artistic art piece. The Human MOZAÏK mural was first displayed in the Downtown Rideau BIA in 2004.
Subsequent projects have included the MOZAÏK Civilization mural for the 125th anniversary of the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the Remembrance Week Mozaik Mural at the Canadian War Museum; and the Mozaik of Hope at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.