VELA LUKA, 19 February 2021 – Port of Mosaics – Luka mozaika – a project aiming to create the longest mosaic-covered walking path in the world, has continued again in Vela Luka on the Croatian island of Korčula.
The project was first conceived back in 2017 by the Udruga Likovno stvaralaštvo Vela Luke (Vela Luka Artistic Creation Association) in Vela Luka.
This month, a new 40 metre mosaic was laid on the path which is developing into a tourist attraction.
“The installation of a new 40 metre mosaic enriches the space in front of the primary school building, which is a special pleasure for us because in this way we pay tribute to the 110th anniversary of the construction of the school. The classroom there was built back in 1911 and it is the most monumental stone building in the area which was built by the people of Vela Luka with their own funds and work,” said the Vela Luka Artistic Creation Association.
So far more than 300 meters along the walking path have been covered with mosaics and organisers are aiming to cover the whole Vela Luka shore belt – around 2,5 to 3 km.
Each mosaic consists of 4,000 stones, each stone is 1 to 2 centimetres long and they are all cut one by one at Ambalaža, an abandoned factory turned artistic workshop space and gallery.
So far more than 350 mosaics have been made, and anyone can participate in their making – locals as well as tourists. Since a majority of them never had the opportunity to cut stone and make mosaics, the association provides initial education and training.
The roots of the initiative date back to 1968 when around 30 artists from all over the world came to Vela Luka and stayed there for 30 days.
On the small island of Proizd, they made 70 mosaics that remained in the ownership of Vela Luka. The creative director of the project is the well-known painter and sculptor Ante Marinović who also participated in that project half a century ago as well.