"Pittsburgh Cityscape" mosaic image courtesy of artist Terry Broderick.

In the spring of 2017, Pittsburgh native and artist Terry Broderick was seeking a spectacular image for his next piece of mosaic tile art.

“Having spent much time on Mt. Washington in the years just prior to moving away from Pittsburgh,” he tells us, “I was aware of the spectacular views and I thought that was a great idea.”

The finished work, completed this past December, is the work of art you see above.

Artist Joe Moorman found it inspiring enough to write a lengthy blog entry about it, praising Broderick’s skillful use of light and suggesting other mosaic artists aspire to accomplish something similar.

“If we gave an award for best use of iridescent tile to create a sense of lighting in a scene, artist Terry Broderick’s mosaic ‘Pittsburgh Cityscape,’ would have won it hands down,” Moorman writes. “It is a must-see mosaic.”

We agree, so we asked Broderick (who grew up in Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair, and now lives in San Diego) to share with NEXTpittsburgh readers.

It’s the only work he’s done depicting Pittsburgh so far. Here’s hoping there will be more.

Read the full blog entry here.

And here’s a GIF showing it in a range of different lighting conditions:

Pittsburgh mosaic by artist Terry Broderick. Image courtesy of the artist.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The Associated Press. Find a selection of her work at melissarayworth.pressfolios.com.