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In Perspective, Fun: Rediscovered hidden Mosaics that tell Stories!

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Recently I became aware of the importance of mosaics that at the time of creation reflect the values and traditions, snapshots of culture then.

I had a meeting with an engineer preparing a structurally advanced base in the sand for my sculpture, “Puff of Wind” now at Manhattan Beach, CA, being moved to Junipro Beach, Below the Long Beach Museum of Art.

I was taken to the front entrance and introduced to a recently revealed exquisitely detailed mosaic of early California life.


Asher Kelman: Mosaic at 420 Ocean Avenue
Long Beach California
Fuji GFX 50s, 32-63mm Fujinon

But because it represented the values of the banking firm that had owned that commercial space, subsequent owners thought it was politically correct to hid it under a coat of plaster for decades!

It’s stunning to me how this could offend anyone! Was it the implied bare chested Native American on the left that upset folk? Or perhaps diverse ethnic groups standing equally together? Or I am missing the important nuances here?

Please comment and add your own interesting mosaic treasure finds!


Jerome Marot

Well-known member
It is certainly exquisite work. Maybe it was simply covered up because the subsequent owner did not want anything reminding of the previous owner and was then forgotten?