Client: Florida International University
Location: Miami, FL, United States
Completion date: 2021
Michele Oka Doner
Artaic collaborated with internationally-renowned artist Michele Oka Doner for this breathtaking public art mural at Florida International University in Miami. Titled “The Third Day,” the piece sits on the exterior facade of the new academic health center at the university.
The design is Oka Doner’s interpretation of the third day of creation when land and vegetation were created and depicts microscopic views of plants native to Miami, FL., including palm fronds as the gateway focus of the piece. Because the mosaic can be seen by both those walking alongside the building and by travelers driving on a major intersection close to the campus, this installation needed to have the ability to convey its message to onlookers both close and far away and it certainly succeeded. Through the collaboration with Artaic, Oka Doner's artwork is preserved through durable mosaic tile, providing an inspiring, imaginative view to be enjoyed by all who visit.
Starting with Oka Doner’s breathtaking design, Artaic converted the piece to a 1” Vitreous Glass tile layout through the brand’s proprietary Tylist™ software, which uses innovative technology to transform the art into a tile map grid format. The Tylist™ layout was then sent to Artaic’s mosaic-making robots that assemble the mosaic in 12x12 sheets, which were then shipped to the Florida International University in Miami for installation.