The Little Chapel in Guernsey is just five metres by three metres and “possibly the smallest chapel in the world”.
In 1913 Brother Deodat, a religious refugee from France, saw the location and received a vision of recreating the Lourdes grotto and chapel on the hill.
picassiette archway to little chapel on Flickr – zenitpetersburg
Little Chapel broken china, plates, crockery on Flickr – photo_blog_farley
picassiette mosaic walls of little chapel on Flickr -zenitpeterburg
walls broken china pebbles of little chapel on Flickr – zenitpeterburg
picassiette mosaic walls of little chapel on Flickr – zenitpetersburg
Mosaic Art walls chapel at Guernsey 104 on Flickr – Annemoni
broken china in walls of little chapel on Flickr – zenitpetersburg
He actually built it three times, demolishing it twice, the first time as a result of unspecified criticism,
the second because the Bishop of Portsmouth hadn’t been able to get through the doorway.
Little Minature Chapel mosaic architecture on Flickr – Artoo UK
In 1939, he built this version, the smallest of the three attempts.
The chapel is decorated inside and out with seashells and pieces of china:
little chapel picassiette walls on Flickr – xxxrmt
by the time he had come to the third attempt, his project had become famous and islanders brought him tiles and coloured china from all over the world.
Little Chapel pique assiette mosaic interior on Flickr – dmcneil
The Little Chapel picassiette mosaic ceiling on Flickr – Artoo UK
Little Chapel pique assiette interior stained glass shells tile Flickr – dmcneil
From a distance the colours and design make a pleasing whole, close-up it’s amazing to see all the different pieces used to create the effect.
Where is Guernsey?
The Bailiwick of Guernsey (French: Bailliage de Guernesey) is a British Crown dependency in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.As well as the island of Guernsey itself, it also includes Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, Burhou, Lihou and other islets. Although the defence of all these islands is the responsibility of the United Kingdom, Guernsey is not part of the UK but rather a separate possession of the Crown, comparable to the Isle of Man. Guernsey is also not a member of the European Union. The island of Guernsey is divided into 10 parishes. Together with the Bailiwick of Jersey, it is included in the collective grouping known as the Channel Islands. Guernsey belongs to the Common Travel Area. Guernsey – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mosaic Art Source mosaic definition:
pique assiette - or picassiette ( a french term -”stolen from plate”) – pieces of broken pottery, china, glass, buttons, figurines, and/ jewelry are cemented onto a base to create a new surface. Almost any form can be used as a base, and any combination of pieces can be applied, restricted only by the individual creator’s imagination. m.a.s. mosaic glossary