James Simon
James Simon Sculptures
The Magic River mosaic by James Simon

The Magic River

"James Simon’s mosaic mural masterpiece will blow your mind, trust me.” Jenna Brew, SNN TV. see the TV feature here :The Magic River”Mosaic, 2019, Bradenton Florida, is a 120’ glass and ceramic mosaic commissioned by Realize Bradenton for a new building that houses the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, retail spaces, and a parking garage. The mosaic will look out on to a new public space still in process. The Mosaic celebrates the diverse cultures and daily life of Bradenton with the symbolic “Manatee River” running through the entire composition, tying everything together. The ceramic fish in the river were created by members of the community through two artist led workshops.The glass comes from Youghiogheny glass making factory in Pa- . All other ceramic tiles were created by the artist with the exception of a bit of sliced agate, and some Mexican and antique tile. Note- the Pittsburgh Pirates have a stadium, teams and training facilities in LECOM Park in Bradenton, (The Marauders), which is why Pirates baseball is a feature.