Schedule: An incremental schedule (by section) of the proposed work needs to be developed that is reasonable, feasible, and factors in weather conflicts. The schedule will be enforced.
The proposed design needs to be “sculptural”—that is, not purely flat mosaic, but cannot have any parts of the design that protrude that could become a hazard to passers-by.
Overall dimension - 59' long, 13' high, 7' wide - totalling 1200 sq. ft.
1. All mosaic materials must be weather resistant—no wood, cloth, plastic, or ferrous material (unless rusting will be part of the design). Most of these materials are available in the warehouse, but the artist is welcome to provide his own.
2. All mosaic materials must be at least medium-fire ceramic--that is, no low-fire ceramic like some pit-fired ceramic or Mexican low-fired ceramic. These low-fire materials are susceptible to rapid wear and breakage.
3. Thin-set mortar must be a formula that is freeze-thaw resistant. The Orange Show will provide the correct thin-set.
4. Grout will be “natural gray,” provided by The Orange Show. Any color in the design must come from the materials mounted and not colored grout.
1. The grout lines must be large enough that grout can be installed, but in all cases not more than 3/8 of an inch.
2. If the artist is working in heat, the thin-set mortar mixture must be on the gooey side rather than the dry side, to prevent drying too quickly.
3. As materials are installed it is critical that squeeze-out of the thin-set mortar not rise above the surface of the item installed, to allow for grout to be installed.
4. On the next work day (provided there has been a 24-hour hiatus), the previous day’s work needs to be grouted with the grout provided, being careful that the grout is either slightly higher than the ceramic, or at the very least exactly even with the top surface of each piece. Ceramic edges as well as other materials can be sharp. We will rely on the grout to remedy the potential danger of sharp edges, should someone brush up against one of the columns, for instance.
5. Once the grout has cured, it needs to be sealed with a sealant provided by The Orange Show.
6. If, after grouting, it is discovered that there is a danger of a sharp edge, the sharp edge must be ground down with a carbide rasp, or other method to dull the edge.
7. All materials and tools that belong to The Orange Show must be cleaned at the end of each workday, and replaced. This includes returning the hose-bib tool for water, and securing the warehouse. Any un-used thin-set or grout must be discarded along the fence line across the drive from the warehouse.