Installing the Peace Mural

Barbara Campbell, Tomas Wolff, Dean Schroeder, and myself, Judy Nelson-Moore are at Ghost Ranch through Sunday installing the Peace Mural on the wall.  It is exciting to have this project started last year and contributed to by so many people come to fruition.  Yesterday, they were also filming a movie at the ranch…total chaos!

Tom Nichols and his wife, Edie, are also here to help.  Tom is the original designer of the Peace Garden.

I’ll post pictures soon, but I wanted to tell of two terms I coined during yesterday’s work:  Squizzy and “Think like a shrink”.  Squizzy is what you do to adjust the placement of the tiles.  Sort of a squeeze with an attitude…wiggle, twist…you get the idea.  Think like a shrink refers to the fact that the clay tiles shrink during the drying and firing process, which all clay people know.  When you have many different shaped tiles over 26-30 feet, the way in which they shrink is not regular and behaved, like it would be if the tiles were all the same size and shape.  So, it takes a little thinking about how the shrinking affects the shape of the mural to figure out how to place the tiles…and a lot of squizzying!  More to follow.

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