On the picture: Klaus Joehle glues tiny pieces of marble to create a 33-square-foot image of a chef. The mosaic will be installed in the Old City Quarter, across from St. Andrew’s United Church.
The pieces fit
By Melissa Fryer - Nanaimo News Bulletin
Published: September 08, 2008 3:00 PM
Klaus Joehle snaps a piece of pale, beige marble into a one-centimetre cube and glues it to the bottom of a six-foot-high sheet of cardboard.
Only about 20,000 more to go.
Of the thousands of tiny squares already fixed to the sheet you can see the outline of a chef juggling wine and groceries, presumably on his way back to his restaurant.
Once finished the 33-square-foot piece will go up in the Old City Quarter across from St. Andrew’s Church sometime in late October. The Old City Quarter Association will then own a piece of art worth $10,000 to $15,000.
“When we say mosaics, the first thing people think is smashed dishes,” Joehle said.
Bad Boys Mosaics, Joehle’s studio on Richards Street below McLean’s Specialty Foods, is lined with intricate designs made of tiny pieces of marble, ceramic tile and glass.
Joehle, who is a tiler by trade, installed his first mosaic in a house.
“I did an entrance way in big square tiles,” Joehle said. “I asked the owners if I could do something to make it interesting.”
He created a carpet, complete with tassels, using spare tiles. The owners were thrilled.
“Someone else saw it and it just went from there,” Joehle said.