The Mosaic Tile House is a colorful monument to love.
Venice is filled with weird, wacky and wonderful things. Aside from surfboards flying past you in every direction, there are rollerbladers in vivid bikinis, eccentric buskers and stall owners all vying for your attention. But beyond the boardwalk scene, the beach bungalows and modern apartments, there are tons of wild and wonderful treasures to discover—and the Mosaic Tile House is undoubtedly one of them.
Just off Palms Boulevard in Venice, you’ll find this huge work-in-progress art installation, that’s more colorful than any of the characters strolling around Venice Beach. The husband and wife duo, Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran, have spent over two decades covering every single inch of the original bungalow with an assortment of tiles, dolls, teacups and other fascinating found objects. Walking through this embedded masterpiece is like exploring a ceramic version of Fiji’s Rainbow Reef.
After months of closure, this whimsical wonderland will be reopening, starting March 27. You can visit it every Saturday and reservations can be made by email.
You have probably stumbled onto a photo of this iconic home on Instagram, and while it makes for an eye-catching snap, nothing compares to the experience of wandering through this intricate, technicolor labyrinth in real life. Every section tells its own story, whether it’s the painted teapots and cups that could easily be a scene from Alice in Wonderland or the handpainted depictions of the couple with personal messages. There’s even an “Angel Wings” mosaic mural.
What started out as a small bathroom project has since developed into the adorable couple’s shared passion for art—particularly mosaicking—that they have been plastering this home with since 1994. Pann, a painter, paints tiles while Duran, a ceramics artist, breaks them and lays them. Just like love, this partnership is filled with endless details that make up one beautiful, colorful experience.
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