"This month, for the first time in thirty years, a Millard Sheets mosaic is being installed."
So begins a KCET Departures editorial by guest author Adam Arenson--a name familiar to anyone interested in mosaics in Los Angeles, as he's the expert on Millard Sheets.
"This month" referred to April, so the installation is old news--but who cares?
Originally installed along a motor court (is that a fancy word for parking lot?) at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 1971, it honors both the old Camino Real and the spirit of hospitality inherent in the phrase "Mi casa es su casa," which Sheets said was his theme.
The mosaic was carefully removed in 1987 and donated to the city of Beverly Hills, according to Arenson's article. And after 25 years in storage, it now ornaments the parking structure of the Beverly Hills Civic Center, so visitors to the library or Kelly's Coffee can enjoy it.
I am indebted to Flo Selfman for the pictures. Flo is president of IWOSC--the Independent Writers of Southern California, and knows of my interest in LA History, so she sent these to me.