Monthly Archives: November 2011

Stylish and Unique Address Tiles

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The numbering of houses is reported to have originated in Europe. Paris was reportedly the first city to introduce the numbering system in Pont Notre Dame in 1512. In Britain, houses began to be numbered due to the Postage Act of 1765. The odd numbered houses were typically on the left hand side of the street as seen from the center of the village or town, with the lowest numbers at the end of the steet closest to the town. In Venice houses were numbered within districts known as sestieri, resulting in just six numbers for the entire city. In some cities, like Florence and Genoa, houses and business are numbered in different colors.

Address on Cherry Lane

On most streets in the United States and Canada, odd numbers are on one side, while even are on the other. Not all numbers will be used because the numbers assigned are usually proportional to the distance from some predetermined baseline. In cities based on grids, numbers usually increase by 100 for each cross street.
Buildings in many US rural areas use to lack numbering systems and could be referred to simply by route numbers: for instance “Rural Route 20, Box 15”. Due to the 9-1-1 system, many of these areas have now adopted numbers in addition to that of the route.

The California city of Carmel-by-the Sea lacks any numbering what so ever. Houses are referred to, as an example, “Junipero 3, SW of 10th” which means the third house on the west side of Junipero Street, south of 10th street.

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Mermaids, Sirens and Mythology in Mosaic Tile Art

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The sea has always played a prominent role in culture and mythology, especially in maritime nations. The Gods of the sea are some of the most powerful and often represent the dual conflicting roles of the sea as both life giving, as well as life destroying. The Greek mythology included the daughters of the sea god Phorcys who were sea nymphs who possessed the bodies of birds and the heads of women. Phorcys was the son of Potus and Gaia. His wife was Ceto with whom he is well known for fathering a slew of monsterous children known as the Phorcydes. In Hellenistic-Roman mosaics, Phorcys was depicted as a fish-tailed merman with crab claws for legs and spiked skin.

Mermaids and Sirens claim a long history that dates back to some of man’s earliest civilizations and are found in almost all Western cultures, as well as traces of the theme in the East. In Germany you find the Meriminni, in Iceland the Marmenill, in Denmark the Maremind and in Ireland the Merow. The Matsyanaris, figures sometimes found sculptured in Indian temples, are nymphs with fishes’ tails, and superstitious Chinese sailors firmly believe in the existence of similar creatures in the China sea.

Mermaid Art Tile 2010

In myth and folklore, mermaids are supernatural, sea-dwelling creatures with the head and upper body of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish. The mermaid is frequently described as appearing above the surface of the water and combing her long hair with one hand while holding a mirror in the other. Mermaids, in the numerous tales told of them, often foretell the future, sometimes under compulsion; give supernatural powers to human beings; or fall in love with human beings and entice their mortal lovers to follow them beneath the sea.

Similarities frequently exist between the stories concerning mermaids and those told about the Sirens. The Sirens of Homer’s Odyssey are often depicted as mermaids in contemporary art. Sirens were reported to have such sweet voices that mariners who heard their songs would run aground on the rocks on which the beautiful nymphs sang.

Mermaids, sirens and other sea going mythological creatures play a prominent role in the works created by Pacific Art Tile.