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Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital

NYU Langone, Hassenfeld Children’s Hopsital Mosaics

New York, N.Y.

Our latest project was fabricating and installing five mosaic murals for the beautiful new NYU Langone, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital Pavilion.  A state of the art facility located in Manhattan at the corner of 34th & 1st Ave, the hospital was designed with the needs of children and families in mind.  The pediatric specialists provide the most advanced inpatient and outpatient care for children who have rare and complex conditions, as well as more common childhood illnesses.  For more information about this incredible new facility, click HERE.

Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Lead Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Jonathan Schreyer

Mosaic Artist:  Liadain Clancy

Mosaic Artsist:  Jasmine Jacobs

Installer:  Greg Hare

Client:  Dimensional Communications, Inc.

Contractor:  Turner Construction Company

Architects:  Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnerships

The ground floor lobby, which can be accessed on 34th street, welcomes patients and families with a replica of Lady Liberty made entirely of LEGO bricks.  The statue originally was created for the Toys R Us location at Times Square, but was purchased by the hospital when the store closed.  Surrounded by a bench in the shape of a star, Modern Mosaic Arts was commissioned to make a mosaic to cover the bench face.  Using Italian smalti, the artists created and installed a mosaic that replicates the look of the legos and complements the colors of the statue and upholstery.
In addition to the star bench mosaic, Modern Mosaic Arts was also asked to cover the face of a 60 foot long bench in a playful wave design that curves behind the Statue of Liberty.  Fabricating the mosaic of Italian smalti tile, the entire lobby pays tribute to the most recognized symbol or New York city while providing plenty of seating area for patients and families.
The elevator bank in the 7th floor lobby is surrounded by a custom built facade replicating New York City’s famed Grand Central Station, the hub of subway transportation that links Manhattan and the four outer boroughs.  Created by the talented carpenters at Dimensional Communications, the structure’s upper frieze is an 80 foot long mosaic of subway tracks that glistens with thousands of tiny glass tiles, each hand set by Modern Mosaic’s artists.
Anyone who has visited Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan will recognize the replica of the famed Prometheus sculpture behind the 7th floor reception desk.   Sculpted by the talented artist Hilda Borem, the golden figure floats gracefully over a mosaic background that features the signature greenery of the plaza area, and sparkles with flecks of gold smalti.
The 7th floor reading nook is designed to give patients and their siblings a private play area.  Modern Mosaic Arts created a charming mosaic that fits perfectly into the arched nook under the stairwell, and depicts a subway platform complete with characters awaiting their trains.

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

“Jacqueline” Picasso Wall Art

Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

This mosaic posed an interesting challenge to the design team at Modern Mosaic Arts.The original Picasso platter had broken into numerous pieces (we break a lot of pottery at MMArts, but not this one!). The collector wanted to salvage the pieces and came to us for help. How do you interpret a genuine Picasso so its original beauty can be appreciated, but looked at in a different way?  After reviewing numerous Picasso paintings, the designers noticed many of the figures were very rounded. Using the rim from the broken platter, arms were created to mimic these rounded figures. Adding their own flavor, the designers chose elements such as brightly colored pottery, rusted keys and sun-bleached shells to enhance the restructured form. We hope Picasso would have approved.

Design Process

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

Penthouse Gold & Marble Mosaic Floor

New York, N.Y.

Creative Director, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Mosaic Artist and Installer: Claudia Schattman

Mosaic Artist:  Wendy Lipstein

Client:  Omnia Group

Architect:  David Paz

A penthouse in New York city’s famed SOHO neighborhood boasts marble and gold mosaic stairs and landings that were a creative collaboration between Modern Mosaic Arts, Cancos Tile and architect David Paz.  Mr. Paz designed an intricate flowing pattern that Cancos incised in white marble slabs using a wet-jet, then installed on the 5th and 6th floor landings and stairs of the luxurious penthouse condominium.  Modern Mosaic Arts Creative Director, Cathleen Newsham, then created paper templates of the incisions so the mosaics could be fabricated in thier Connecitcut studio without interrupting ongoing construction in the building.  Once the gold tile mosaic sections were completed and contruction was finalized, Newsham and Claudia Schattman installed the mosaics into the marble floor and stair incisions.  Finally, glass walls that divide the stairs areas were erected and the reflections of the mosaic in the glass complete the architect’s elegant vision of a Rorshcach-like staircase that opens up to an incredible living space in one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Transform the entrance of your home or business with a distinctive mosaic floor. Flecked with luxurious gold tile or simple bits of broken terra cotta, we can create a memorable and durable floor for any budget.  CONTACT US for more information.

Mosaic Fabrication Process

These mosaics were created in the reverse tile tape method, beginning with paper templates, then adhering the gold tiles face down to tile tape in the studio.  The mosaic was divided into sections in order to transport to the job location, then reassembled according to a map of the floor and stairs the designers had created.  Using thin set, the tiles were adhered into the incisions in the marble.  The mosaic artists chose a grout to color to closely match the white marble, which was then applied to the floor.  A final cleaning and sealing was the last step in creating this beautiful and durable floor mosaic. 

Prospector Theater Fireplace Mosaic

Prospector Theater Fireplace Mosaic

Prospector Theater Fireplace Mosaic

Ridgefield, CT

Designer, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Cathleen Newsham

Designer, Mosaic Artist and Installer:  Claudia Schattman

Client:  The Prospector Theater, Valerie Jensen, Founder

Architects:  Doyle | Coffin Architecture

Architectural Awards:  2016 HGTV Faces of Design Finalist: Posh Public Spaces, 2015 CODA Award Top 100, 2017 ACEC Merit Award, 2015 AIA Connecticut Design Award, 2016 AIA Connecticut Business Architecture Award

Cathleen Newsham teamed up with fellow artist Claudia Schattman in 2014 for a commission by Prospector Theater founder, Valerie Jensen, to create a mosaic for the theater’s freestanding fireplace. The theater, which opened in Ridgefield in November 2014, delivers a unique movie-going experience and honors its mission to provide vocational training and employment for adults with disabilities. Jensen requested two things of Newsham and Schattman: that they create a mosaic around the theme of “infinite possibility” and that they incorporate in the work dozens of Special Olympic medals that had been donated by athletes. Newsham and Schattman decided to create the mosaic using the French “Pique Assiette” method, which combines broken ceramics with found objects, a perfect style for the eclectic project.  The artists used the medals to represent stars – a literal nod to Hollywood, as well as a figurative reference to the theater’s mission: to reach for the stars. Color fields of blues and greens are made from hand cut glass, pottery, and ceramic tiles (made by the pair in their studio), while found objects and other treasures build the story.  Scattered throughout the work are words and phrases that convey the theater’s philosophy. The result is a giant “I Spy” experience.


“Creativity, conversation and continual discovery are the results of the stunning fireplace mosaic crafted by the talented ladies of Modern Mosaic Arts.  This interactive artwork inspires all who engage with it.  It is a stunning up-cycled mission based treasure!”     

Valerie Jensen, founder of The Prospector Theater

Entryway Mosaic, Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Entryway Mosaic, Mount Kisco, N.Y.

Entryway Mosaic Mural

Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

For a long time, the wall perpendicular to the front door of our client’s home in Mt. Kisco, New York had been waiting for the perfect project. The client wanted a mosaic to surprise her family for Christmas 2014. But not just any mosaic. Based on input from the client, the mosaic artists designed a family wall. Six faces representing the members of the family, were cut from mirror and strategically placed at their approximate heights. The “hair” surrounding the mirror faces is made from collected pieces that highlight each family member’s personality and interests. The background consists of swirls of bright color fields: reds, blues, greens and yellows. Found objects, donated by the family or discovered by the designers, are scattered throughout. The end result is a playful and personal wall mosaic that greets guests and family as they enter and exit the home. “I see something different each time I look at it!” exclaimed one of the sons.