After the tragedy of 911, Brooklyn artist, Susan Gardener, began to decorate her house with shells, beads, buttons, jewelry, tiles, mirrors, broken cups/dishes and much more.
She started with a simple flower as a way to lift her spirits & those of her neighbors. Since 2001 the mosaic has grown as her house has become a work of art.
I discovered her story on the blog Mille Fiori Favoriti & was instantly intrigued. Ms. Gardener, a teacher as well as an artist, works on her mosaic every summer with the hope of some day covering the entire house.
Her neighborhood has enthusiastically embraced the project, & often bring gifts of broken objects to be added. It is easy to see how this work of art gives joy & inspiration to everyone that passes by.