R.V. James Designs

Madison Mosaic [Beige]

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100% cotton canvas tote | Natural web handles reinforced at stress points | 4-inch side and bottom gusset 15" x 12" x 4"

Tote Base Color: Beige

This stylized mosaic of Madison landmarks brings up-to-date a design created as a card for a visiting English family to convey an impression of Madison to friends in England. Buildings, from west to east (but not quite where you expect them!) include: The Unitarian Meeting House, buildings of the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences - Henry Mall leading up to Ag Hall and Russell Labs (where the designer worked as a plant pathologist). Music, Science, North, South and Bascom Halls are on Bascom Hill. Washburn Observatory and the Carillon Tower overlook University Bay, Lake Mendota and Picnic Point. Clusters of houses, a church steeple and office buildings complete the view across Lake Monona to the Monona Terrace Convention Center and the Capitol building on the isthmus between the two lakes. The Conservatory at Olbrich Gardens is at the far right.

About the Artist:

At least a fifth generation Wisconsinite, I was born and raised in Madison and grew up loving this area - its landmarks, landscapes and its plants. My parents were both UW-Madison grads and I was practically raised on campus with fond memories of meals at the Memorial Union, Homecoming walks on Langdon Street and watching construction of many of the campus buildings.

Generations of my family have loved this area - its landmarks, landscapes and its plants. I combine this love of place and plants in what I create from shirts or cards featuring Madison landmarks to close up photos of favorite flowers.

-R.V. James