Mia Tavonatti's Svelata glass mosaic masterpiece is currently displayed inside the JW Marriott Grand Rapid's rock wall entry. Svelata claimed second prize among over 1,800 artists in this year's ArtPrize competition. Michigan nativeTavonatti, who currently resides in Santa Ana, California, spent 2,700 hours creating Svelata.
After seeing the piece from a distance, I thought it was a very nice painting. It wasn't until I was a few feet from the work did I realized that it was a glass mosaic art.
Svelata will be displayed at the JW Marriott until the end of February 2011.