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Clifton M. Brakensiek Library

Artist:
Elaine Katzer
Title:
Ben's Promise and Robin, Jenny, Eric, Ralph, and Lynne
Date:
1975
District:
Fourth Supervisorial District
Location:
Clifton M. Brakensiek Library
9945 E. Flower Street
Bellflower, CA 90706
Architect:
A.J. Padelford and Son
Department:
Public Library

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Above the north and south entrances at the Clifton M. Brakensiek Library are two stoneware ceramic bas-relief murals by Elaine Katzer. The north wall’s mural, Ben’s Promise, and the south wall’s mural entitled Robin, Jenny, Eric, Ralph, and Lynne (above) are both named after and dedicated to Katzer’s children. The fluid and natural shapes in both murals are about birth and life. The murals each measure 5’ h x 20 ½’ w and were installed when the library was completed in 1975.

About the Artist: Elaine Katzer received her BA and MA from California State University, Long Beach and also studied for four years at the Chouinard Art Institute, which later became the California Institute of the Arts. She is a professional ceramic sculptor who uses a hand-built pinch method to construct murals, water walls, fountains, and sculptures. She has taught ceramics at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and was an artist in residence at Monash University in Australia.

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