Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'S' is for Stained-Glass by Susan Hertel (abc Wednesday)

"Love and Care of Animals" stained glass window by Susan Hertel graces the back side (above the enternace) of the former Home Savings & Loan building, now Chase bank. The front of the building is where the restoration of the Millard Sheets mural is taking place. I found the article in LA Times archives announcing the opening of the bank in the early 1970's, with the description of both art pieces but which mentioned only Sheets. From other readings, I knew the window was by Hertel, a long time collaborator of Sheets, but I was still so thrilled to find her signature on the stained-glass piece (under the ewe's leg).

22 comments:

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Interesting in that the first thing I thought was that the composition was similar to that of the work of Millard Sheets. I'm glad you put in the close-up. Thats where I start to see the separation between the two artist's in those four lower panels. Timely in that Christo's collaborator wife Jean-Claude died this week. There was a tendency to leave her out of the equation as well.

Sheets had others work for him. (got a link to one of them somewhere) I've come across later work where I could detect the hand of another. Once again...great research on your end.

Cezar and Léia said...

They are beautiful!
She is very talented!
Léia

Lois said...

It's gorgeous Tash!

Melissa said...

I remember this!! Where is the bank located? My parents were customers..

altadenahiker said...

Sheets was still around in the 70s? I placed him back in the 30's & 40s. Going to have to wiki this.

RogerB said...

Any friend of stained glass is a friend of mine! Thanks for sharing a beautiful work with us.

If you're really bored, I have a link from my blog to my stained glass website.

Have a great T-day!

Sylvia K said...

That is gorgeous! And what a great capture, Tash!! Perfect for the "S" Day and any other day as well!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sylvia

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful captures! I like the glass and life outside the window! Beautiful!

Linda said...

How lovely to see contemporary stained glass.

Babzy said...

it's a beautiful artwork !

Tash said...

Here is the LA Times article (no mention of the window as I thought it had):

S & L OFFICE SET TO OPEN
Los Angeles Times, Apr 21, 1974

Construction of a branch office of Home Savings and Loan Assn. at 27319 S. Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills, is scheduled to open about May 1.

The 8,260-square-foot facility, costing $350,000 will replace a small temporary structure now in a corner of the building site. Home Savings has 56 offices.

The entrance to the new branch features a giant glass mosaic inlaid in black granite, depicting 50 horsemen. Millard Sheets of Claremont designed the building and Robert Clements and Associates, Los Angeles, did the engineering and planning.

Mara said...

What a gorgeous window! And for a bank as well (as opposed to a church)...

Almost Precious said...

It's a stunning work of art and your photo of it is beautiful. There is something about light through stained glass, almost like looking at light through translucent jewels.

Tash said...

http://www.publicartinla.com/LA_murals/Hollywood/sheets2.html
Link to mural for Hollywood HS&L - by Sheets & Hertel

Rinkly Rimes said...

What gloriously rich colours!

Tumblewords: said...

Superb talent and super shots! Stained glass is so magical!

Laura Goff Parham said...

That is a great window. I really like the way she represents the animals in such a whimsical manner. Thanks!

Laura Goff Parham
State of the Art, Inc
Stained Glass Studio
sotaglass.com

Bibi said...

That's just beautiful. I'd like to see it in person; maybe one day...

Roger Owen Green said...

So glad the Stained glass was Saved - it would have been a Shame had it been Sacked.

gogouci said...

Its glorious. Truly, I can't think of another adjective...Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

FA said...

Great shot, Tash. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Petrea said...

Excellent find!