Mosaic at Oakland Animal Services

A note from Marcy, SaveABunny Founder:
Hi Everyone,
A few months ago I posted about a special mosaic project that I was looking for community artists to help create at Oakland Animal Services. I am thrilled to share with you an exquisite mosaic created by Jingletown artist, Kim Larson.
A mosaic project at an animal shelter has been a dream goal of mine for a long time. Animal shelters are rarely considered places where beauty is found. The animals, volunteers and staff at animal shelters—especially at a public, urban shelter like Oakland Animal Services, typically are subjected to a lot of stress and have few resources. The same is true for a volunteer run, nonprofit rescue group like ours that specializes in helping rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, abused and neglected pet bunnies—the nation’s third most frequently euthanized animals.
The Oakland Animal Services mosaic project needed to be created out of the willingness to help and a love for animals. We just couldn’t afford to pay someone to do the work. Since I am a fellow mosaicist I have an extensive selection of glass, ceramic and all kinds of tiles I’ve collected over the years and Kim and I had a great time sorting through all my tiles for just the right ones.
Kim, designed, created and executed this mosaic by herself. Truly incredible and what a generosity of spirit!
One of our volunteers is in the process of painting a mural in the room, which can be seen to some extent from the photos on Kim’s blog. The volunteers and shelter staff feel a renewed sense of hope and pride for the room. That will also translate the well-being  of the animals.
This collaborative “beautification” volunteer effort between a rescue group, a shelter and a community artist is both progressive and very unusual in the animal welfare field. As such, this project will be part of two very important presentations I am giving in the next few months. In April 2009, I’ll be speaking at the Humane Society of the United States Expo in Las Vegas —the largest animal care conference in the world. The Expo attracts several thousand national and international attendees. March 3, 2009 I am speaking at the California Animal Care Conference sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Association, The State Humane Association of California and The California Animal Control Directors Association.
I am deeply grateful to Kim for her creative vision and the time and energy she donated to this project!
Kim has also been the source for my cut out mosaic substrates in the shape of rabbits that I have mosaiced and sold as a fundraiser to help the animals via my etsy site.
Phase two of the Oakland Animal Services may include an opportunity for fellow mosaic artists to contribute a mosaic to this project using Kim’s custom cut substrates. Stayed tuned for more…..!

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