On holiday, we’ve all experienced the inconvenience of transport delays and hours spent queuing in airports and public service stations before finally boarding a plane, train or coach to your chosen destination. At such times your mind is often somewhere else, as the lure of the beach, pool, or bar can be a big distraction when embarking on your trip. Even on the return leg, the desire for home comforts and the time spent waiting around leaves you in a passive and disinterested mood. In addition to your somewhat distant mindset the tedious acts of checking-in, checking-out and passport checks etc can result in you being totally oblivious to your surroundings. However, if you’re lucky enough to be on holiday, or just passing through Orlando or Porto this summer, anxiousness and anxiety could be replaced by total peace of mind as you fill in your time by taking in the splendour of tile art.
A stunningly aesthetic tile mosaic floor was incorporated in to the design and renovation of Orlando Airport in 1981. There are over 3 million individual pieces in the tile mosaic floor (pictured) with the bright colours and intricate designs creating a beautiful display that really captures the imagination. The mosaic floor is a magnificent feature of polished stone and vitreous ceramic which is extremely practical in such a high traffic area as well as being something to admire.
The Sao Bento Train Station in Portugal’s capital, Porto, is something of a national treasure. The painted wall tiles (pictured) in the vestibule are not just admired by passing commuters but tourists flock in numbers every day to admire the beauty of this spectacular tile art. The panels depict landscapes and historical events throughout Portugal’s history and were painted by Jorge Colaco between 1905 and 1916. 20,000 painted ceramic tiles make up this magnificent display of wall art, which may even make missing your train a little more bearable!