Fed Ex has a new corporate campus in Plano, Texas, and (as a non-sequitur) also offers printing and production services. This has prompted the company to reproduce (for decorating its lobby and showing off its printing prowess) a giant photo—38 by 18 feet—of a mosaic created by Dallas-based mosaic artist Sonia King. Fed Ex says the photo is four stories tall.
The original actual mosaic is a kind of graduated stardust pattern titled Nebula Chroma, a permanent artwork which was installed at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in 2008. Despite its size, it looks as though the Fed Ex iteration is a detail of the original, rather than a full reproduction.
Fed Ex writes:
“The campus displays contemplative, culturally stimulating modern artwork throughout, with the four-story mosaic image serving as the headquarters’ focal point and combining the company’s wide range of printing capabilities with its passion for workplace art.”
Sonia King is the one-time president of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Some of her actual mosaics are at the Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy, the Plaza at Hall Arts (Dallas) and, as stated above, at Children’s Medical Center. The Fed Ex photo of Nebula Chroma was printed in two-foot square sections and then pieced together, kind of like a mosaic.
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