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Untitled

Artist
Dora De Larios Gladding, McBean and Company
Year
1977
Artwork Type
Mural
Media & Support
Ceramic
Dimensions
2 ft.x 13 ft. 9 in.* (0.6 x 4.2 m)
Department
Public Library
Location
Lynwood Library
11320 Bullis Road
Lynwood, CA
District
2
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Location

Latitude: -118.199193 - Longitude: 33.927255
Image: Untitled

Description

This long ceramic tile mural, commissioned in 1977, lines the Lynwood Library’s east wall. It is composed of two rows of square tiles each featuring a different geometric design and glazed in four colors: red, orange, yellow, and black. Stretching the length of the wall, the band of tiles is playfully interrupted by doorways and alcoves. The mural’s colors combined with its shapes suggest historic Spanish and native California motifs.  



About the Artist

Dora De Larios has resided in the Los Angeles area all her life.  Born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents, she spent her childhood living downtown near Temple Street.  In 1957 she received a BFA from USC.  The ethnic diversity of Los Angeles, as well as her extensive travels and study of world religions and ancient art at USC, led to the development of her pan-cultural style.  De Larios’ public works include sculptures in Hawaii, New Jersey, Florida, Tahiti, Japan, and numerous cities in southern California.  She has also created a ceramic dinner place setting for the White House.  Since 1959 she has been featured in over 50 gallery shows and museum exhibitions including the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.  She has taught ceramics at USC and UCLA.