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Under the Desert Sun – A landmark mosaic for Lake Havasu, Arizona

Design for the Lake Havasu Mosaic by Gary Drostle
Design for the Lake Havasu Mosaic by Gary Drostle

Animals and plants from top left to right:-

  • Perigrine Falcon
  • Yuma Myotis Bats
  • Blacktail Jack Rabbit with Desert Paintbrush border
  • Bighorn Sheep with Devils Claw border
  • Greater Roadrunner with Globe Mallow border
  • Saguaro with Fishhook Cactus border
  • Freemont Cottonwood with Creosote border
  • Bell’s Vireo with Mesquite tree border
  • Yuma Clapper Rail with reed border
  • Diamond Back Rattlesnake with Coulter’s Lupine border

And in the Lake…

  • Razorback Sucker
  • Desert Pupfish
  • Green Sunfish
  • Largemouth Bass

The border is from typical traditional Chemehuevi First Nation basket pattern.

The mosaic is the latest addition  to Lake Havasu City’s collection of landmarks from London, residing just up
the road from the famous London Bridge purchased by City founder Robert McCulloch in 1968.

Newly installed at The Hampton Inn in Lake Havasu City, this 20 foot high mosaic adorns an exterior wall overlooking the hotel pool.

The mosaic took many months to construct in the studio and consists of over 100,000 hand cut and laid pieces of high quality unglazed porcelain

Originally the mosaic was scheduled to be installed in early 2020 but the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns and travel restrictions delayed the installation.

Artist Gary Drostle stayed in Lake Havasu at the beginning of the project whilst researching the areas natural wildlife, geography and native plants.

Gary’s original design features a Hopi Sun rising above the Mojave Mountains and the Colorado River feeding the Lake.

Through the mosaic are depicted animals and flora typical of the area many of which are endangered species.

Constructing the Bell's Vireo in the studio
Constructing the Bell's Vireo in the studio
Installing the Lake Havasu Mosaic
Installing the Lake Havasu Mosaic

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