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Anne Labovitz Mosaic

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport

I am pleased to announce the installation of Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels!, two original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn.  Based on two of my paintings, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass, cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York.  Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass.  Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.

The two works are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by the MSP Airport Foundation to join its permanent art collection.  To view a time lapse video installation of the works, follow the links here and here.
These works are created with the idea that color is an energy; a life force.  The aim is to evoke hope, friendship, and cross-cultural exchange, engaging people across cultural and geographical boundaries.  I hope this creative optimism sends travelers onward with a sense of peace and wellbeing.

The full press release can be read here.
Anne Labovitz 122 Conversations Terminal 2
122 Conversations extended to 2022 at MSP Airport

The new mosaic works at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport follow two temporary installations of 122 Conversations, in both terminals which has received significant praise over the last two years.  If you find yourself at MSP this year, be sure to head over to Terminal 2 where the massive installation of 70 hand-painted scrolls has been extended for another year.  Measuring 190 x 25 feet, the works were originally installed in November 2019 and will continue to be enjoyed by travelers passing through the Twin Cities.
Public Art Commission for the Redleaf Center

Completed this week as well was a commissioned work created for the Redleaf Center for Family Healing in Minneapolis.  The Hennepin County Medical Center affiliate offers mental health and parenting support for families.  Gratitude is a participatory piece consisting of 500 6 x 6 inch pieces for clients and families to share written or drawn messages of gratitude with accompanying I Love You Institute markers.  The finished work is 8 x 4 feet, mounted on painted canvas with tiny knobs and grommets

The project is part of my I Love You Institute, an artist-led site-specific project urgently working with communities to creatively address today’s world by combining art making, social justice, radical kindness, and relational listening to normalize saying  “I Love You” as an alternative to division and conflict..
Anne Labovitz for Redleaf Center for Healing
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