Memorial Mosaic

Memorial Mosaic
Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona.
35 square feet; 5’ x 7’
Handmade clay and cut stone (travertine, granite, and slate).


The Memorial Mosaic honors the deceased faculty members of the Mathematics and Science Department at Scottsdale Community College. Created by Niki Glen and Helen Helwig, the mosaic incorporates metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rock into the sidewalk design. Current faculty brainstormed with the artists to suggest images to be used as textural elements within a sidewalk panel. The desire to create an overall composition that represented many disciplines resulted in the spiral nautilus shell shape. The shape is important because it is a logarithmic pattern that repeats to infinity and is a pattern found in nature. This mosaic is located in the breezeway. Memorial Mosaic is a mural that developed out of an interaction between different faculty members and symbolically represents the continuing of ideas from the past into the present.

Memorial-Mosaic -tile had imprints illustrated on clay pieces i.e. shells, fossils, desert animals, frogs, space, etc. short description: A clay mosaic created with metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rock designed in a spiral nautilus shell shape to commemorate deceased faculty members from the Mathematics and Science Department at Scottsdale Community College.