Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still celebrates the effect of colour, the seasons, and the ever-present landscape of the North Saskatchewan River, which both bisects and connects the city of Edmonton. The juxtapositions of urban and rural, texture and atmosphere all contribute to a dynamic interpretation of cultural and geographic diversity.
This beautiful mixed media art spans 30 feet with thousands of mosaic tesserae (tiles) in vivid hues representing transitions in time and place. Tiles representing the North Saskatchewan River flow past models of familiar downtown Edmonton landmarks, while the scale and spectrum of all four seasons come to life through colour and texture.
Six people worked full-time on this piece, assisted by seven others, laying every one of the 3000 to 4000 tiles individually on each panel. The tiles include many different types of glass, unglazed porcelain, glazed ceramic, crockery, fine china, milliefiori (a type of Venetian glass), beads and gold. Most of the smalti (a type of opaque glass tile) comes from a factory built solely to make smalti for a Basillica in St.Louis, Missouri, home to one of the largest mosaic installations in the world. The smalti used in Erin’s mosaic are leftovers from that project.