ARTIST CARLOS ALVES
Title: Save Our Oceans, 1999
Medium: Ceramic tiles
Location: City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive, First Floor
The artwork is a reflection of the artist love for marine life. “I gave up my goal of becoming a Marine Biologist to become an artist,” says Carlos Alves.
Alves worked on his design Save Our Oceans for approximately one year, creating complicated patterns of brightly-colored mosaic chips, which eventually came together, as a puzzle, creating the illusion of an ocean floor, where sea turtles, rays, blow fish and other sea creatures are scattered throughout. The project took six months. After completion he stated: “I am proud to see the work on this tile floor is enjoyed by visitors and residents. I believe people deserve to have public places beautified.”