Sunday, April 10, 2011

Grocery Mural

During our last trip to California to visit the Old Salts grandkids we planned a side trip so that I could see San Francisco. While there we pulled into the parking lot of a grocery store near the embarcadero and the side of the building was covered with this mural. It was getting dark but I could not resist taking the following photos.
Following are close ups of the four panels. Thankfully, they are lighter than the shot above. I was amazed at the details that went into these mosaic history lessons.

After an extensive web search I found the following information about this mural.

The mural entitled WORLD SOURCES OF FOOD was built in 1959

by John Garth and is located at
Marina Safeway Store, 15 Marina Blvd. between Buchanan and Laguna

This large four-panel mural mounted on the outside of the grocery store tells the story of how food is transported from around the world from farmers, fishermen, and animals, in a colorful montage-style design. The pixelated image pulls together to an almost photographic effect when viewed from a distance. The mural contains over 150,000 pieces of vitreous glass and tile from Italy and Japan. Mr. Garth worked on the mural over the span of one year.

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  1. These are beautiful. They do make getting your food from ground to table look so ... gentlemanly and sweet, somehow.

  2. What beautiful murals, and so much blue!

  3. I'm so glad you took these pictures! What an unusually detailed mural and so very blue.

    Happy Blue Monday! Be sure to check out my book giveaway.

  4. These are very beautiful, and I appreciate you sharing them with us today. I really want to go to SF, I haven't been there for over 30 years.

    Happy Blue Monday,

    Kathy M.

  5. I'm a big fan of murals -- and of painless ways to learn history!

    That one took a lot of time and work and it shows because it is much more professional than some we've seen. It's lovely.

  6. Wow! That was some huge project!

  7. I am so behind on everything but I just love your pick for Blue Monday. Those murals are lovely.


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