Ruined tiger mosaic

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (7)

Chip Stephan on May 22, 2007

The thumbnail look like some kind of weird agricultural aerial shot. But this is even better. Do you have a shot of the mosaic face-on?

Ryan Calhoun on May 23, 2007

I have a few more angles (not uploaded), but none of the whole thing. To get that, I'd need a 30 foot ladder.

Chip Stephan on May 23, 2007

Great shot. And I was thinking is was taken at some ancient middle eastern Roman ruin. Then I looked at the coordinates and the map, and my feeble bells rang - University of Missouri Tigers. OK. Sometimes I'd dumber than a kleenex. Thanks.

Ryan Calhoun on May 23, 2007

Nope, it's not ancient. I was there when it was built the first time, then when the rain broke it. They blamed it on people walking, so they put up a tent for "restoration" and put a chain around it. Then rain broke it a second time, and that's how it stands.

I always thought it was ugly, but close up it looks pretty good.

art authority on July 13, 2008

Don't believe everything you read in the paper. The mosaic was repeatedly vandalized, opening holes for water damage. The University thought jackhammering around a glass mosaic for three days to install bollards was the way to protect it. Instead, they shattered much of it, but did not want to admit negligence, so they blamed it on the weather and ordered it removed. That was in 2006. Apparently, the mosaic has more tenacity than they expected. It still there, and is much better shape than this very dated photo would imply.

bikegirl on August 7, 2008

They still haven't fixed the tiger mosaic??? That's incredible... Or is this an old photo?

MultiMuse on September 23, 2013

Isn't it (originally) in area of Speaker's Circle, W. of the library, rather than on Lowry Mall, N. of the library where the pinpoint icon has it (Fall 2013) in Google?

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  • Uploaded on May 19, 2007
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    by Ryan Calhoun