Mosaic tile eggs win 2010 Best Architectural Award
Sonnenberg’s “Ocean(egg)raphy” consists of two six-foot tall mosaic tile covered eggs with an underwater theme expressed with seashells, schools of fish, underwater creatures, and other water-inspired elements surrounded by a swirling ocean current. To set off certain sections and details, Sonnenberg utilized three different options of the Laticrete SpectraLOCK Grout Dazzle component, including Glow-in-the-Dark, Silver and Gold. Based in Austin, TX, Sonnenberg created “Ocean(egg)raphy” for the backyard of a fellow Austin resident.
In addition to Laticrete's SpectraLOCK Grout Dazzle, Sonnenberg used SpectraLOCK Pro Grout in White and Black for certain sections of her award-winning mosaic art project.
Each of the two eggs in Sonnenberg’s internationally-acclaimed Ocean(egg)raphy weigh nearly 250 pounds with over 80 square feet of surface area. The eggs consist of a styrofoam core reinforced with rebar that are bolted to a steel base. The nautilus shell is cut out of iridescent stained glass, fired in a kiln and slumped slightly to match the eggs shape. The eggs were installed and then bolted to a gunnite shell in the new owner’s backyard.
“I chose Laticrete SpectraLOCK Pro Grout for this project because it was very important to have a long-lasting, durable grout that would retain its beauty over time,” said Sonnenberg. “After spending over a year creating Ocean(egg)raphy, choosing the right grout was an essential part of the process. I was also able to create some stunning visual effects using the Gold and Silver Dazzle components, as well as strategically placed Glow-in-the-Dark areas. I delight in using these components as there is nothing else like them in the marketplace. They offer a one of a kind effect.”