During Little Rock's Greek Food Festival, visitors can see new mosaic featuring Christ in church's sanctuary

May 16, 2019 154

A mosaic made of thousands of hand-cut Murano glass tiles fills the walls of an alcove in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's sanctuary. The new artwork — centered with an image of Christ with St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom, St. James the First Bishop of Jerusalem and St. Basil the Great — was installed in April in time for the Greek Orthodox Easter on April 28. It will be available for public viewing Friday-Sunday during the International Greek Food Festival.

The technique used to make and install the glass tile — some of which is backed with gold — is the same as it was 1,000 years ago. "We use the same system they used in Ravenna and Venice," says Stephano Giuliani, a manager at the Italian studio Poli Mosaici, which created and installed the new mosaic. Both cities in Italy are famous for mosaics in their churches, some dating back to the fifth century and designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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