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Mosaic L.A.

Date: Sunday, March 25, 2007
Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: all across Los Angeles!
Admission: Tickets $30, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members

Inspired by the mosaics in Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa: Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles Conservancy partner to bring you Mosaic L.A., a daylong, self-driving tour of historic public mosaics in Los Angeles. The tour explores the beauty and artistry of our city's mosaics and highlights the continued vibrancy of the ancient tradition of architectural mosaics, which is highly evident in Los Angeles.

Highlights of Mosaic L.A. include:

  • The Towers of Simon Rodia (Watts Towers), an L.A. icon and folk mosaic built by one man over 30 years using everyday objects
  • St. John's Episcopal Church, site of a Byzantine-inspired ecclesiastical mosaic designed by the artisans of the historic Judson Studios
  • Murals in downtown Los Angeles by Joseph Young, including a 36-foot panel depicting Los Angeles's architectural history
  • One of the extraordinary mosaic facades by Millard Sheets on a former Home Savings and Loan building (now Washington Mutual)
  • The Birth of Liberty mosaic at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, the largest historical mosaic in the United States (162 feet long by 28 feet high)

Watts Towers