Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Few Horsemen of Millard Sheets


Detail - 50 Horsemen Mural, Millard Sheets, 1974
Glass mosaic inlaid in black granite,
Chase Bank, 27319 S. Hawthorne Blvd. Rolling Hills Est.
The beautiful mural once again adorns the front entrance of what was originally Home S&L in RPV. The cement holding the tiles had losened and had to be redone.
"S&L OFFICE SET TO OPEN (Source: 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 coner 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."

13 comments:

brattcat said...

What an amazing mural. Is this a random sample of the 50 horsemen(and horsewomen) or are these some of your favorites?

Tash said...

bc - I picked this one with because of the red & white saddle blanket and that I got a fairly good shot of it...I think my fave is the group in the front. I'll have to count the number of horsewomen ... I think it's more than the men.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I didn't know that Sheets did mosaics or architectural design. Thanks for the info. And the lovely picture.

VP said...

Unusual and lovely, they even got some amazons there!

francescbb@hotmail.es said...

Excellent mural and shot!!! Congratulations!!!

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Merisi said...

It always feels so good to hear that artworks are being saved from falling apart. Beautiful shot!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

o that looks great - i think people are at last seeing the value in restoring mosaics rather than destroying them.

Lois said...

Hard to believe that it's a bank! The colors are so beautiful.

gogouci said...

Beautiful craftsmanship.

Cezar and Léia said...

The mural is wonderful, love horses and the ladies, romantic colours and feelings....
Léia :)

altadenahiker said...

He's a favorite of mine. Really nice photo, the way you captured the colors.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Another thing that makes Sheets work interesting is the variety of tesseri sizes and shapes. In other words they're not lined up in a predictable way. Isn't it interesting the flower designs in the horses flank? He's a master at that sort of thing.

Also I discovered that they had found a Sheets mural in the South Pasadena middle school auditorium. It was a little late for the post I put in but I did go back and link it up.

spacedlaw said...

Amazing work!