Monday, November 12, 2012

Chinatown Mosaic

"Four Beauties Catching Swimming Fish" is the title of this beautiful mosaic. It adorns the Plum Tree Inn  at 913 N. Broadway--a restaurant and banquet hall that gets excellent reviews on those web rating sites.

According to the blog Random Refuge, this mosaic and the two other mosaics that are mounted alongside it were created in Hong Kong in 1968. The artist is good ol' Anonymous.

A picture of all three mosaics is below. They sit right across the street from Little Joe's.

I found one brief mention of the artwork in the LA Times, back when the restaurant was the Golden Palace. In 1987, the paper said that the three-paneled tile mural was said to be the largest outside of China.

The picture above right was on a blog called TamaraTales, but now that I've enlarged it I see a copyright. Hopefully Ms. Rieckehoff won't mind that I post it here.

Here's a picture of the three mosaics together.

I suppose that technically, this is a picture of painted tile and not a mosaic. The definition gets blurry at times--not the technical definition, but how to apply it. Most people refer to these three pictures as mosaics, and they make a lovely post, so that's good enough for me.

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