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Artist
Livio Napolitani
Year
1964
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Ceramic, stone
Dimensions
3 ft.* (0.9 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
Gardena Mayme Dear Library
1731 West Gardena Boulevard
Gardena, CA
District
2
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Location

Latitude: -118.307567 - Longitude: 33.882216
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Description

Commissioned for the Gardena Library and dedicated on December 5, 1964, this ceramic tile mosaic mural by Livio Napolitani is set into seven slabs of black stone and hung above the Library’s main entrance. The mural presents the Western development of communication through forms of writing.  Beginning on the viewer’s left; a hand print symbolizes pre-civilization cave paintings. The mural then moves to representations of Egyptian Hieroglyphs, the invention of the phonetic alphabet, the development of the European printing press, and concludes with a picture of a modern woman reading aloud to a child. A quote from the Roman philosopher Pliny runs below the mural’s images. It states, “Were it not for books human culture would pass into oblivion as quickly as man himself.”