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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Carlos Alves's Mosaics at Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport

Bob and I recently visited our daughter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, flying in and out of George Mitchell  Airport. Since Jessica had to work on the day of our departure, she dropped us off early and I had time to wander around and really look at and take photos of the beautiful mosaics on the floors of Concourse "C". This project was part of the 1% for public art program. They mosaics were installed and debuted when Concourse C was completed in 2007 but we usually drive to Milwaukee so we haven't spent much time at the airport. 

Here's a link to a very brief article by Marie Kohler that appeared in ExpressMilwaukee.com, an online newspaper, Feb 23, 2010 about the mosaics and the artists who designed and produced them, Miami-based artist Carlos Alves and partner/wife JC Carroll, if you want to learn a little bit more. According to this article "Alves created the individual ceramic images in his South Beach studio. Then he and his wife shopped Milwaukee stores for tiles later shattered into thousands of pieces for brilliant background fields. “Chip it, smash it. Put it back together and give it a whole new life,” Alves says. The shards glow in their new terrazzo settings, a galaxy of jewel-box gems."

And here's my photo essay of some of these works of art. Click on each photo to see the whole image.

Museums - Milwaukee Art Museum in particular/Cultural Offerings

Artist Statement

Churches, Domes and Spires

Houses/Neighborhoods and hall

Houses/Neighborhoods close up

Map Locator of the various Mosaics


Map of State indicating where Milwaukee's products come from