Ocean Springs bridge panels dedicated
The four panels are a combination of artwork by local artists Patt Odom,
Chris Stebly, Susie Ranager and Ching Walters, and were selected in a
contest that best fit the mosaic’s overall theme. Arranged by master
artist Elizabeth Veglia, the 120-foot long mosaic depicts scenes of the
natural beauty of Ocean Springs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It is
also the longest mosaic in the state.
“I hope it’s a destination gateway to our community to attract
residents and visitors alike to these beautiful mosaics and the bridge,”
said Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran. Mississippi Department of Transportation
Chairman and Commissioner Bill Minor said it is unreal how Veglia combined
four different and distinct pieces of art into a mosaic.
“It gives people something to see and we want people to remember
this when they visit,” Minor said. “These panels represent
many partnerships, just like how we got the bridges (Bay St. Louis and
Biloxi Bay) built back by working together.”
The entire process of combining every artist’s distinct
flair into the mosaic took one year.
(Source - Sunherald.com)