Using a wide variety of special tiles, stone bits, glass gems and marble pieces she’s collected over the years, Weed artist Monica Zinda is weeks from finishing two unusual mosaic benches in downtown Mount Shasta.

Using a wide variety of special tiles, stone bits, glass gems and marble pieces she’s collected over the years, Weed artist Monica Zinda is weeks from finishing two unusual mosaic benches in downtown Mount Shasta.

The benches, which represent day and night in the shape of the yin and yang, are being completed with a grant through the Siskiyou Arts Council and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.

Under a tent to keep the weather off in the parking lot next to the SAC Gallery on Mt. Shasta Boulevard, Zinda is currently in the creative process of laying thousands of tile pieces on the massive concrete benches. If you look at her masterpieces closely from all angles, you can see the daytime and nighttime skies, complete with fluffy white clouds and swirling stars, the sun with a scarab beetle inside, the man in the moon, and many other small touches you don’t notice right away. They're made to stand the test of time, and should be around for generations, Zinda said.

If you’d like to take a peek at the benches as Zinda’s working, she’s inside the tent next to the SAC Gallery most every day. She welcomes interested visitors.

If you’d like to learn more about Zinda and her work, visit moonshinemosaics@gmail.com