MATHEMATICAL STAR (2013)

A floor mosaic for the new Marcy Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The design was based on a quilt design, sometimes called the “mathematical star”, used by a variety of communities. The “patterns” in the quilt’s diamonds are derived from photographs of 18 historically significant sites in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The sites were selected by Community Board 3.

Commissioned by the Percent for Art Program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Fabricated by Miotto Mosaics Art Studios.

Mathematical Star, Ellen Harvey, 2013. Twenty ft. (6.10 m) diameter, ceramic mosaic. Photograph: Etienne Frossard.