Monday, March 14, 2011

Mission Hills Mosaics

Joseph Young--whom I've blogged about before (here and here)--designed and made twelve separate mosaics representing the "Twelve Tribes of Ancient Israel," which is the name of the artwork as a whole. The mosaics sit in Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills on the exterior of the Court Mausoleum--one of three mausoleums in the park.

Lenny Bruce, Sam Jaffe, and Groucho Marx are buried at Eden, according to FindAGrave. (Wasn't Groucho married and divorced from a woman named Eden? Ironic.)

Levi is at top. Dan is the lion, and Judah the scales.

Gerald Fecht, president of the Museum of the San Fernando Valley, took the pictures in 2008. I use them with his permission.

As far as I could find, these are the only photos on the web, showing three of the twelve mosaics. Check out his blog at for other listing and information on the history of the San Fernando Valley.

According to Jerry, the mosaics are badly in need of repair.
Eden Memorial Park acknowledges that tiles are missing, but they are trying maintain the mosaics in best possible condition. 
Since Joseph Young is a well-known artist, I wonder if his heirs or co-workers or suppliers have replacement tiles?

Just a thought. I know in the case of Millard Sheets and Home Savings, many of those who worked with him--as well as his son Tony Sheets--do have tiles and actively participate in keeping his artwork in good condition.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for showing these Joseph Young works. I do love his work, and will hopefully make my way to see them at Eden Memorial Park someday.

Meanwhile, just wanted to point out that Judah is the piece with the lion, and Dan is the scales. The reason I know this is because I can read their names in the Hebrew letters.

Cheers, and keep up the good blogging!