Summer Under the Sea – St. Stephen’s Under the Sea Mosaic Mural

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This summer Apatchworks had the pleasure of collaborating with the St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Program, a program that provides a safe, supportive, educational and fun environment for inner city children and teens while school is out of session.

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The youth had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in the making of a giant mosaic mural, with the theme of Under the Sea. Many of the children did not know what a mosaic mural was, nor had they ever seen mosaic tiles. Their excitement and engagement was amazing at this new experience.

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They wrote beautiful messages of hope and encouragement on the backs of the panel before they began gluing on the colourful tiles.

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We couldn’t have done it without our generous sponsors: Bisazza donated over 20,000 tiles, while UGF Industries France that created the wooden sea creatures that will be placed on top of the mural background.

The mural will be on permanent display at the St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in the Roxbury area of Boston. We are delighted to say that children undergoing long-term treatments at Boston Children’s Hospital have been invited to make mosaic fish to fill the sea.   

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It is hoped that the Under the Sea mosaic mural of St. Stephen’s Epiphany Church in Boston will be filled with fish by the end of 2016. Many thanks to Kemarah Sika, director of St. Stephen’s Summer Youth Programs, and her team for helping apatchworks bring this opportunity to so many young people in the city of Boston.

Unveiling of the World’s Largest Mosaic Mural by Children

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That’s right, spanning at approximately 20m2, this amazing mosaic depicts a lively and colourful under water scene and is to be placed on a wall of the International School in Genoa.

The International School in Genoa has made a school wide engagement involving all students, faculty and members of their community with the children of the paediatric oncology department of the Gaslini Children’s Hospital, Genova. As well as children from other paediatric oncology departments in CHU Archet 2 Hospital in Nice and the Ronald McDonald House in Paris, France who contributed by making the mosaic sea creatures for the mural. Nearly 500 people came together to create this awesome artwork!

We are really grateful for the enthusiastic engagement of the grade 11 and 12 CAS students who assisted in different areas as part of their community service project; writing articles, posts for social media, photographing and filming making of the mural as well as T-Cell Warrior dance practice sessions, and helping with the making of the mosaic mural.

It is anticipated that the making of this mural will positively impact the lives of over 500 children. At present over 600 smiles have been witnessed.

Be on the look our next mosaic project!


 Mr Khoury of ISG gluing the first tiles...

Mr Khoury of ISG gluing the first tiles…

students of ISG working on a panel

Students of ISG working on a panel

The final piece, well done everyone!

The final piece, well done everyone!