Bodrum is no stranger to mosaics; the two above were excavated by Sir Charles Thomas Newton in the 1850s and mosaic floors are still regularly uncovered as gardens are dug up for new construction. But the ancients don't have a monopoly on the art of tessera arrangement. We have some beautiful modern examples appearing on Bodrum's thoroughfares .
When Bodrum's marble pavements were laid, the trees were incased in rather incongruous concrete tubs which caused quite a few raised eyebrows and had many of us questioning why the trunks needed such robust protection.
Rather than just raising an eyebrow, local artist, Neslihan Zabcı Erdal, is using the concrete pots as a canvas for her ceramic pictures and brightening up the Bodrum streets. As a piscean living in Turkey, I can relate to the subject matter of Neslihan's recent marine inspired work and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it in the town centre.
If you would like to be part of this project, you can sponsor a mosaic and have your name or your company immortalised on the streets of modern Halicarnassus.
For further details, contact Neslihan at email@example.com or click on her name to link to her website.