Last month we reported that Philly’s Loews Hotel donated an extravagant, million-plus-piece Stephen Miotto mosaic to Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Now we know the work will be unveiled Friday, March 21st, at a special ceremony with the artist, fabricator and members of the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia (MSoP).
The 40-foot mosaic, designed by Philly collage artist Richard Watson and fabricated by renowned mosaicist Stephen Miotto, is valued at $80,000. Moving the million-plus pieces from the Loews’ Hotel SoleFood restaurant and assembling it in the CAPA lobby wasn’t an easy — or cheap — feat (moving costs clocked in at $6,000.) And it turns out the work is just a smidgen too large for the space. At the unveiling, leftover tiles and works by Miotto will be auctioned off to benefit CAPA’s scholarship fund.
The ceremony — open to the public — will feature remarks from Watson and Miotto, as well as Nancy Frank (MSoP), Lois O’Shea (Loews Hotels), and acting principal of CAPA, Wendy Shapiro. Students will provide music throughout the event.
The unveiling takes place at 6 p.m., on Friday, March 21, at the Philadelphia High School of Creative and Performing Arts, 901 South Broad Street.