California mosaic house is a romantic homage to two artists

Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:58pm EDT
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By Jane Ross and Melissa Fares

VENICE, Calif. (Reuters) - The Mosaic Tile House in Venice stands as a monument to two decades of artistic collaboration between Cheri Pann and husband Gonzalo Duran.

"It's tchotchke heaven," Pann, 76, told Reuters about her kaleidoscopic bungalow. "It's turned out to be an homage to putting everything possible into cement."

By "everything," Pann means figurines of poodles and hula girls, commemorative china baseball bats and a sweeping arch of coffee cups, their handles pointing skyward. Smashed pottery and shards of mirror make up the more traditional mosaic patterns on the house's interior and exterior surfaces.

The couple met in 1992 when Duran was working at an art supply store and Pann was in need of some acrylic paints. They still go back to the same store for supplies.

The house is on a quiet street, a 20-minute bike ride from the beach. Pann bought it in 1994 and wanted to build an art studio in it.

After the studio was built, Pann made tiles for the bathroom.

"It was so much fun doing it, we just kept on going," said Duran, 72, who was born in Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles.


A visitor views the work of artists Gonzalo Duran and Cheri Pann at their Mosaic Tile House in Venice, California U.S., August 26, 2016.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni