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Sunday, March 25, 2007, 10 am-4 pm
Tour of various public mosaics throughout Los Angeles

March 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA – Inspired by the current exhibition Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa; Masterpieces from the National Museums of Tunisia at the Getty Villa in Malibu, the Los Angeles Conservancy will partner with the Getty to present a one-day tour of historic public mosaics in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 25, 2007. Tour sites include:

  • The Towers of Simon Rodia (Watts Towers ), a Los Angeles icon and folk mosaic built by one man over thirty years using everyday objects

  • St. John Episcopal Church, site of a Byzantine-inspired ecclesiastical mosaic composed of glass from the historic Judson Studios

  • Mosaics in downtown Los Angeles by renowned muralist Joseph Young, including a thirty-six-foot panel mosaic of Los Angeles’ architectural history

  • One of the extraordinary mosaic facades by artist Millard Sheets on a former Home Savings and Loan building (now Washington Mutual) 

  • The Birth of Liberty mosaic at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, the largest historical mosaic in the United States (162’ long x 28’ high)

The tour will explore the beauty and artistry of these works while highlighting the ancient tradition of architectural mosaic that continues to this day and is highly evident in Los Angeles. The tour is the culmination of a series of events surrounding the Stories in Stone exhibition, including Mosaics Conservation, a lecture on March 8 and a March 21 gallery course titled From Tunisia to L.A: Mosaics through History (attendance limited to 40).

Tour tickets cost $30 for the general public and $25 for Conservancy members. For details and tickets, visit or call 213-623-2489.

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a private, membership-based nonprofit organization devoted to recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of more than 7,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. The Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications, and other educational programs.

The Getty Villa in Malibu opened on January 28, 2006, after the completion of a major renovation project. As a museum and educational center dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria, the Getty Villa serves a varied audience through exhibitions, conservation, scholarship, research, and public programs. The Villa houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, of which over 1,200 are on view.

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Tracy Gilbert
Getty Communications


Cindy Olnick
Los Angeles Conservancy

About the Getty:

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