Despite some good guesses, no one was able to identify the location of this week's mystery mosaic, with its shards of ceramic tableware and distinctive circular ridges.
Barbara Wilcox reveals the answer in the comments field of this article - - and also provides a second photo that shows the location of the mosaic.
Wilcox got the story of the making of the mosaic from Lisa Bullwinkel, who executive-produced the project. Bullwinkel said:
I work at home as an event producer out of a little blue house and spend a lot of time doing business on the phone looking out my front window. The barricades were always full of graffiti and we were constantly painting them. I’ve done other public art projects while I was the Executive Director of the Solano Avenue Association, including the art banners on Solano and a tile project in Peralta Park. Why not do one in my own front yard? I asked my husband, Tim Volz, who is a tile contractor, if I got the neighborhood to save their broken plates and shards, if he would give us the expertise and materials to make an art project out of the barricades. For 4 Sundays in 2008 I set up tables in the street and we made templates out of cardboard for the ‘legs’ of the barricades. People could work on the tables on the cardboard and design their art, then they could adhere it to the leg of the barricade and then grout it. We had a 5-year old and an 80-year old, the whole neighborhood came out to play. And guess what? No more graffiti! Now we have 28 original pieces of art that include a neuron, a clown, fish and a hidden message. Come by and check it out. Sally Hindeman of Youth Spirit Artworks liked the project so much that she contacted me and picked my brain to carry it on with some kids in south Berkeley.