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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 7 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | The ancient Christian art of mosaic is proving popular of late, with several Catholic schools and parishes using the technique to inspire hope, reverence and inclusion. Across Adelaide, hundreds of hours have been spent painstakingly piecing together fragments of glass and tiles by students as young as six years old, grandmothers, parishioners and Muslim parents of Catholic school children. At Aldinga's Mary of Galilee Catholic Church hangs a mosaic which took 82-year-old Mary O'Loughlin three months and at least 1500 pieces to create. The mosaic was based on a late fourth or fifth century mosaic of the miracle of the loaves and fish which was found in a basilica near the Sea of Galilee in 1932. In Mary's version, hanging in the church foyer, it is the hills of Sellicks Beach which form the background. "I thought this is our Galilee Church and I had the idea that I wanted to create the loaves and fish mosaic after seeing it in a magazine years ago," says Mary. "It is beautiful really." In Newton, at St Francis of Assisi School, a 3m-tall depiction of a digger at sunrise looms above the school's piazza. It was unveiled last year at the school's Remembrance Day ceremony. The mosaic designed by parent and artist Nina D'Antonio and students from Years 4 to 7, took three terms to complete. St Francis of Assisi School principal Paul Forde said the school had about eight mosaics -- an art form that lends itself well to child participation and "adds beauty and community ownership to the school and adjoining Newton Parish". "It's vibrant art, it doesn't fade and it's there for the community to share forever," says Mr Forde. "And it's not just about the students being involved in creating the artwork; it's about them feeling connected to their school and forms part of their identity and where they belong." Belonging was a very important element of the mosaic artwork unveiled at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Enfield late last year. A group of students and parents of students from Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi and other Middle Eastern backgrounds joined hands to create a symbolic mosaic uniting the different cultures at the Catholic school. The mosaic faces Mecca and took several months to complete. Mostly mosaics By Rebecca DiGirolamo HOLY MONTAGE: Parishioner Mary O'Loughlin designed and made this mosaic for Mary of Galilee Church in Aldinga. PIECE BY PIECE: Artist Nina D'Antonio and St Francis of Assisi School students (L-R) Thomas, Matthew, James and Luke admire their 3m-tall mosaic artwork commemorating Australia's fallen. Photo: Nat Rogers www.rostrevor.sa.edu.au Open Days Middle and Senior Years -- Sunday March 18 -- 1pm to 4pm Junior Years - Friday March 23 -- 5pm to 6.30pm ROSTREVOR COLLEGE