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February 2009

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Monday, February 23, 2009 Bank Art

Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Los Angeles in 1955 was an odd place. The branch banks were serious places, many of them designed by the famous artist-architect Millard Sheets. This is his untitled Italian glass tesserae mosaic mural at the Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, in Beverly Hills.  For more on this building see Public Art in LA.  Sheets was also responsible for the massive Masonic Hall on Wilshire.  But this mural is idealized pure California, as seen through the prism of the middle of the Eisenhower fifties.

Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Untitled 1955 mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Building, 9245 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

And two buildings to the east, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, another bank and another Millard Sheets mural, images of man and boy fishing, and of woman and child in a tree with birds, many birds, wonderful birds.

Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills
Untitled mosaic mural by Millard Sheets, 9145 Wilshire at Oakhurst, Beverly Hills

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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