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Venice, California

Obscura Society LA: The Mosaic Tile House

Join Obscura Society LA as we explore a living art project that's like walking into a coral reef.

Venice Beach is known for its boardwalk filled with colorful eccentric people. The houses, buildings, and structures that dot this area also reflects this rainbow coalition of people. From simple beach bungalows to ultra modern homes, Venice is truly a unique place to live. But none of them quite capture the effervescent essence of Venice like the Mosaic Tile House.

Though its not well known to the public, the moment you enter this large scale artwork in progress, its like walking inside a coral reef. Most of the tiles are in the red, yellow, orange spectrum, but bold colors radiate throughout. Every square inch of the home (including outside) is covered in mosaic tile. Cheri Pann and Gonzalo, a husband and wife team, are responsible for this local masterpiece. 

Cheri and Gonzalo created this “visual feast." It began as a weekend project which developed into a lifetime love affair surpassing 19 years. Cheri creates contemplative large scale oil paintings with mythic themes, and Gonzalo, canvases in vignettes of their life together.

Cheri creates the tiles, and Gonzalo shatters them and distributes them over every square inch of their house – literally. Since 1994, the couple have been transforming their once bland beige stucco home into the structural kaleidoscope that exists today.

Join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we tour this rainbow hued local gem in Venice with our guide being none other than the artist herself, Cheri.  

Details:

-Please arrive a few moments prior to noon, so we can start on time. 

-The tour lasts approximately a little over an hour. 

-Please be respectful of the living art.