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Tapestry of Dreams

Matt Doolin Topanga Art Tile
Artwork Type
Media & Support
9 ft.x 45 ft.* (2.7 x 13.7 m)
Fire Station 71
28722 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA
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Latitude: -118.435328 - Longitude: 34.080299
Image: Tapestry of Dreams

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The civic artwork at Fire Station 71 is a large tile mural on the building’s façade that references Malibu’s natural landscape and historic connection to artisan tile production. Tapestry of Dreams was inspired by the tile Persian rug located in the foyer of the nearby Adamson House and made by Malibu Potteries, the local factory that produced decorative tiles that can be found in Los Angeles architecture of the 1920s.

The mural can be read from left to right. It begins with an abstract carpet pattern that evolves into a lush, stylized depiction of the sky, mountains and ocean. Blue, purple, yellow, orange and green are carried throughout the artwork to create a sense of continuity as the scene in the carpet changes.

Each porcelain clay tile was hand sculpted, fired, painted and glazed by Doolin at his studio in Topanga Canyon, a process which took nearly nine months and yielded over 2,000 individual tiles. The tiles were then transported to the site, where Doolin systematically laid them out and set them to the building’s stucco. The artwork was finished with colored grout. Its scale and vibrant colors make it visible to passing motorists on Pacific Coast Highway. Intricate details and depictions of Malibu landmarks nestled in the landscape reveal a more personal story to those viewing the mural up close.

About the Artist

Matt Doolin is a collaborator in Topanga Art Tiles, a custom ceramic company specializing in hand made porcelain tile fired with hand painted glazes. Matt has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Topanga Art Tile has produced and installed tile murals throughout the world and in some of the finest houses around, as well as restuarants, hotels and other public spaces. For more information, please visit