Main episode is about a couple of Japanese archeologists who intend to take a mosaic from a now-underwater church "brick by brick" & erect it again in Japan. Plus some adventure in sea during storm. Story is told from the point of view of a Venetian boat owner hired by Japanese.
Fact sheet.First published: Terry Carr (ed)'s "Universe 11" (anthology, 1981).
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Nominated for Nebula Award 1982 in short story category.
Related: Stories of Kim Stanley Robinson.