Mosaic Paving

Mosaic can be used in paving stones to free the uniformity of gray on gray.

Technically it has several advantages over concrete
• Less slippage. The tesserae of mosaics are separated by grout lines, which create extra resistance
• Tensile Strength. Ceramic and vitreous glass tiles are three times stronger than concrete
• Towards zero waste. Where mosaic paving cracks, it can be easily repaired, incorporating the break into the mosaic, giving it an “aged” appearance. Repairs don’t have to be replaced, but can enhance the overall appearance.

Aesthetically, mosaics add character to the street. Because of their durability, mosaics can, for example, relate the origin of street names, or record events and people who have lived there.

Legibility – mosaic paving is an uncluttered way of including information and directions into street furniture.

Two points are worth making
1) By putting fine art on to the street and into the paving, a community has a memorable place. These “gifts of beauty” will raise pride in a neighbourhood, bringing together the local residents and leading to a stronger, more healthy and safer community.
2) Mosaic paving encourages pedestrians to look where they are walking; thus they are less likely to trip up. This could save councils a hell of a lot of money if they picked it up.

Check out British Association of Modern Mosaic

Mosaic Paving of Paul Robeson by Isaiah Doswell