The Gametable People’s Mosaic Project – 2002-2003

Design Work for this game table began in Spring, 2002, with actual installation finished in October 2003. The table is a product of a collaboration among Miami University, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, artist Suzanne Fisher, and the Peaslee Neighborhood Center to help build community through mosaic art pieces. Called the People’s Mosaic Project, the Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine provided the space for production, which allowed neighborhood citizens, both young and old, to design and make mosaics. Five hundred different people have contributed to the People’s Mosaic Project. The first year’s effort resulted in the “I Have A Dream For Peace” Park Bench, now located in Washington Park (fall 2002). In 2003, the theme was “Imagine Peace and Unity” and will took form as an entry arch to a pocket park on Vine Street (spring 2004).

Student worked with Suzanna Fisher and neighborhood residents on the design. Permission for installation was granted by the appropriate personnel who oversee city parks. Special thanks goes out to Tom Taylor, a steel craftsman who donated much time and indispensable expertise.