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A mosaicist conquers Europe

The largest mosaic in Europe bears the signature of a codroipese. Three hundred and fifty square meters of tiny colored glass tiles that give life to suggestive abstract images. Among the authors of this exceptional mosaic work that adorns the walls of the Vienna underground is the name of Luciano Petris, a native of Pozzo and a resident of Codroipo for years. Petris, who studied at the mosaic school in Spilimbergo, works as a mosaic artist in Codroipo, in a shed next to his house. After graduating, he worked for ten years in a Spilimberghese company, an experience that allowed him to practice and refine his technique. He could also have been teaching, but he, he explains him for this profession he has never felt cut out. So he decided to go on his own, to retire to his laboratory, starting to work on commission. At first he says, it was tough. You have to make yourself known, appreciated. But, little by little, he managed to get into the “right lap”. Today he is considered one of the most qualified Friulian mosaic artists.

His works are exhibited on walls all over the world, from Arizona to the former Yugoslavia, from Illinois to France, from Japan to Greece. In Austria, then, his most majestic creations are concentrated. Works obtained also thanks to the initiative of his friend Elio Macoritto, an artist originally from Pozzo and living in Austria for years. In Vienna, in Maria Hilfestrasse, the entire facade of a hotel is decorated with a Petris mosaic. Over 200 square meters of cards next to each other, on a single body. The drawing bears the signature “Attersee”, pseudonym of one of the most successful Austrian artists of the moment. Petris Luciano “translated” the sketch into a mosaic. Currently, again for Austria, he is working on an order from Wurth, a company with 30,000 employees that markets tools.

The 60sqm mosaic will be ready by May and will embellish the gray facade of the factory in Santpolten. There is also the paving of a square in Lyon on site. Petris is curious to see the installation of this work because it is his first floor. The artisan artist Codroipese preferably uses the direct technique, used in ancient times by the Byzantines, rather than the one “on paper”. The tiles, explains Petris Luciano, are fixed directly on a support (a special net) and then, once the mosaic is completed, it is installed directly on the wall. A job that, in addition to great mastery, requires infinite patience.