The Eastwood Mall in Warren, Ohio had undergone major renovations and built three large aquariums as an attraction for their center court. The aquariums were to contain numerous tropical fish and sea life with a living coral reef. The center tank was to feature large fish that included Mornay Eel, Stingrays, and Sharks. Owner Phyllis Cafaro wanted signage that was equivalent to "museum quality art". When I thought about what material would best represent water, the first thing that came to mind was glass. I presented a shimmering collection of colors from The Sicis 5/8" Italian Iridian Glass Tile Collection to Phyllis and she loved it. After determining the size and shape I designed an underwater scene and the adventure began. The tiles were so exquisite that I loved every minute and thrilled every time I completed a shape. The overall dimension was 18'w x 4'h. I only had 2 months until the grand opening so it was quite a challenge with many 12 hour days to complete the project on time. With help from my daughter, Leigh Jaffer, friend Anna Marie Newman, and Eastwood Mall volunteers, I was able to meet the deadline just in time.
Anna Marie Newman - Merle Bouffard - Leigh Jaffer