Monday, May 14, 2012

Calabasas Gas Station Mosaic

We'll take a break from the Metro Expo mosaics this week to feature a gas station floor in the northern reaches of the county. This station is off the 101 at the Las Virgenes exit: 4831 Las Virgenes.

Mosaicist Lillian Sizemore, who travels frequently from the Bay are to lead mosaic workshops at places like the Getty Villa, first saw this mosaic in 2006. None of the employees at the gas station have been able to give her any history about why such a work of art is there.

There are a few gas stations on that corner, but this one has a post office. It's the Malibu Canyon Shell station --right where the off ramp from the southbound side of the 101 crosses Las Virgines. Technically it's in the city of Calabasas.

So, a mystery: Who created this piece of art and installed it in a gas station, of all places? Clearly a person with not only a respect and love for mosaic art, but someone who was also aware of Native American symbols.

 credit photo ©2012 Lillian Sizemore,

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