Natural Patterns of the Sea - CODAworx

Natural Patterns of the Sea

Submitted by Catharine Magel

Client: Mark Landrum/ Art Collector

Location: Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Completion date: 2007

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team


Catharine Magel


Franz Mayer of Munich

Franz Mayer of Munich


A depiction of the tidal pools along the coast of California. Project for Art Collector through a Gallery. Fabricated in Germany with Franz Mayer of Munich. My intention is to give the viewer an exhilarating, full-body experience through images, colors, and textures. Inspiration for this work began from ideas and research about the natural environment. I search for a new insight, a new consciousness about the places between the land, sun, and water. Juxtaposing these relationships create new meanings.


As one views this expanse from original mosaic above to the pool area, color will gradually deepen. Moving from the other direction, color indicates traveling into the light. Some images in this area will have variations of reflective gold or silver glass to represent the idea of nature being similar to buried treasure. Beautiful painting of luminous glass and ceramic pieces with some larger images such as the fish and birds can be seen.


Opposites are movement and floating / light to dark / or day and night. Tidal pools, ponds or rivers, represent a constant change and renewal in life.
The materials chosen for this mural will reflect and absorb light. Glass has incredible depth and yet the surface will change with the time of day offering constant renewal and discovery with the play of light and shadow.