Monday, August 29, 2011

An Under the Sea Mosaic to Cool Us Off

This mosaic was intalled only three years ago, at the George W. Carver Park Pool House in 118th Street.

Here's what the LA County Arts page says of it:

"Artists Matthew and Paul Doolin of Topanga Art Tile designed a glass and ceramic tile mosaic mural which depicts a vibrant and whimsical underwater ocean scene. The 33-1/2 by 4-1/2 mural faces the street entrance to the pool house. It features a sand bar of beige tones, a variety of green and blue tiles depicting the water, two large sea turtles, several multi-colored fish, and a pod of dolphins swimming throughout the scene. Several smaller fish are installed around the main entrance door."

The site goes on to say that Matthew graduated from UCLA (rah!) in 1990 and Paul from UC Santa Cruz the same year. Both brothers have an impressive list of people they've studied/worked with. They've done work for Disney's California Adventure, St. Catherine's Church on Avalon, the Inn at Venice Beach (the mermaid mosaic), and the Topanga Canyon Public Library and more (I cherry-picked the closest projects). They've also been featured at the Pacific Design Center.

Topanga Art Tile, btw, also includes the brother's mother, Leslie Doolin. In fact, I believe she started the company, in 1978.

I'm blown away by their website and will definitely feature more of their public work on future Mosaic Mondays.

Some of their loveliest pieces, though, aren't necessarily public. The do a lot of custom art for pools, fireplaces, fountains, etc. All in brillian colors, lots of blues and greens, and all of hand made porcelein and hand painted glazes.

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