How can I create something similar to a marble floor or floor fresco, and protect it in a large room that will be continually walked through?
I intend for the floor to have a giant figurative painting, something akin to the Procession of the Magi in the Medici Chapel.
To do the whole floor in marble would cost a phenomenal amount. Instead, what options are there? Are there any examples of other people having done this?
The floor will be walked upon daily by many people, so raw paint would not only fade, it would smudge and ruin (especially when people are coming in from the rain). Would paint and a glass layer on top to protect it work and be an option? Because glass breaks I'm hoping there's another way.
I want to know all options that I have. If imitating marble is an option, that's great, but I want to know all feasible options. I can't see examples of where other floor murals exist that will be walked upon, so I don't know what options I have, and - to make this project a reality - I must present a range of options to the patron, in terms of feasibility and cost (including maintenance).
NOTE: I'm looking for a condensed overview of different methods, each of which I can look into hereafter individually.