A Pure Land
A Pure Land, installation

A Pure Land
A Pure Land, detail


A Pure Land

Richard Moss, working on "A Pure Land"

A Pure Land

Silhouette mosaic in marble & granite, approximately 20' w X 12' h.

Inspiration for the design of A Pure Land came from the beautiful and unspoilt natural world of Florida's Panhandle and Calhoon County in particular. The mosaic is wedge-shaped to compliment the building's architecture, located within the W. T. Neal Civic Center. The panel is comprised of animals caught in a fantasy vine meander and is an homage to the beautiful, natural world of "the part of Florida that Disney did not pave." This rampant vine begins as a pine tree and curls into a variety of fantasy and local foliage. Many of its twists produce curves or circular roundels to contain Panhandle animals such as deer, rabbit, birds and fish. This large mosaic is rendered in black silhouette on white. Animals are picked out with some interior detail and by laying the tesserae in such a way as to reveal their musculature when the warm grey grout is applied. Black and whites are an older order of mosaics, and rely on careful drawing and formalized patterning. The running guilloche pattern along the bottom is one taken from the prehistoric stamp check pottery found in the area. It lifts the viewer's gaze, and creates a visual drama heightened by natural and electric lighting glinting across the polished stone surface. A movement of pattern greets the guest, who is directed to look up and discover an amazing and awe-inspiring image floating above them.


Artists & Communities: America creates for the Millenium, sponsored by the White House Millennium Council and a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, was made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation/Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the AT&T Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Prudential Foundation, the Earl I. Mack Foundation, the Brimstone Fund, the W. T. Neal Civic Center, and the Neal Land and Timber Co.



Artist Richard Moss

Artist Richard Moss Working on "A Pure Land"