Mosaic Art

Restaurants are not usually considered artistic landmarks. Joseph Varalli, owner of and the creative force behind two of the city's most successful dining establishments, Varalli Restaurant, located at 231 Broad Street along Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts and Perch Pub at 1345 Locust Street, dramatically altered the evening landscape with the unveiling and lighting of one of the largest architectural glass fusion mosaic projects ever created in America.

Produced by a team of area artists and artisans that includes Greg Emore, of Geronimo Co., who, with painter Gibbs Conner, designed the mosaic; Anura Karthik (Kar) Vivekananthan, owner of Venus Aural Visual, who designed and produced the lighting and movement effects; and Ken Mott, of Visionary Fusion Studios/The Glass Works, Inc., which designs and manufactures some of the largest, innovative fused glass panels for architectural applications in the country, who fulfilled the late glass artist Steve Stormer's vision, the project took 16 months to complete, and involved the installation of 34 fused glass panels comprised of 3,344 pieces of opaque cut glass, in the transit windows surrounding the perimeter of his stacked-up concepts.

Providing a ground-breaking, dramatic new focal point in the center of Philadelphia's cultural corridor, across the street from the 150+-year-old Academy of Music and the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with its stunning glass roof, the mosaic produces an arresting and ever-shifting visual experience, and an iridescent play of pointillist color and light both inside and outside that blends texture and mood, art and functionality in a way that creates a unique experience of the senses.

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