VELA LUKA, 29 June 2020 – The Port of Mosaics (Luka mozaika) project, aiming to create the longest mosaic-covered walking path in the world, was recently reactivated after a brief halt due to the coronavirus pandemic and financial issues.
The project was conceived in 2017 by the Udruga Likovno stvaralaštvo Vela Luke (Vela Luka Artistic Creation Association) in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula.
The new installment of mosaics is due to be placed in the next few days and will cover parts of Vela Luka’s walking promenade.
In March, just before the coronavirus outbreak, local authorities issued a permit for covering 200 meters of the walking path.
So far 200 meters along the walking path were 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 4000 stones, each stone is 1 to 2 centimeters long and they are all cut one by one in an abandoned factory turned artistic workshop space and gallery Ambalaža, 24sata said.
So far more than 300 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.