Mosaics like this ornament a modest strip mall along Western Avenue in San Pedro (well, technically, Rancho Palos Verdes), just south of Capital. There's a barber shop in there that's been around since the 1950s--I know that, because one of the barbers retired recently after cutting hair there since 1958.
Every few storefronts in this Western Plaza is a mosaic like this one. Totally 50s...maybe the store next to it once sold hula-hoops. Just a bit of public art that once looked trendy and cool to folks who stopped by.
Amazing how fashions change. Ten years ago, I would have voted to get rid of these panels. I thought the art of the 1950s would never, ever be in vogue again! Now I see it everywhere--on book covers, home accessories, web pages. Cartoon avatars with pony tails and kidney-shaped coffee tables. Life is strange.