Detail of a circular pattern from a ceramic plate, discovered in an archeological dig on the islands of the Amazon river delta. This was chosen to represent and honor the indigenous peoples of Brazil, who were also impacted by the era of clippership trade between New England, Brazil and Africa.
Turned into a giant tattoo design, the pattern is stained into the cement of the pier at HarborArts at 19 feet across. The detail photo of the installed ground tattoo has been embellished with vibrantly colored paint to reflect the sensibility of modern Brazil, using an indigenous “pathways through life” line-and-dot pattern. The finished vignette is 8 inches square by 2″ deep, with a copper edging and thick epoxy coating.