For Monarch Metamorphosis Garden Throne, I combined my love of gardening and mosaics. I sculpted dense polystyrene styrofoam into the shape of a throne. This was then covered in wire mesh and concrete to create a solid substrate to apply mosaics on. The mosaics used were Italian tiles, stained glass, and glass beads. The butterflies, bees, dragonflies, hot air balloons, and hawks were hand-sculpted and painted. All the materials selected were carefully researched to ensure that they can withstand the climate extremes we see in Colorado.
My formal training is as a Mechanical Engineer. I worked for IBM in Robotics, a Thermal Laboratory, and System Analysis. Since 2018, I have turned my attention to developing my mosaic skills. I love the color and whimsy in nature and use these as the inspiration for many of my art pieces. For example, my husband and I raise chickens and I recently repurposed an old window from Ecocycle to create a colorful, glass-on-glass mosaic “window” of flowers for our chicken coop.
Artist: Betsy Hicks from Boulder, CO
Location: 201 N. Public Road
Materials: Fiberglass, Cement, Steel, Glass, Tiles, Handmade Ceramic Tiles, Stained Glass