The mosaic near the pool at Peck Park is almost done!
In fact, it will be complete by Thursday, July 12, when everyone is invited to come to the dedication in the evening: 6 pm to 8 pm.
At this dedication--where there will be games, food, drink, and performances by synchronized swim teams and the San Pedro Ballet, as well as a 50/50 raffle--we are all asked to contribute $5. But that's optional.
Still, who could refuse five bucks to help defray the cost of materials for this beautiful mosaic that artists and volunteers have spent many weekends bringing to life?
Man, I wish all public art came so easily! But it takes dedicated, giving, and talented people. I hope everyone comes out to show our appreciation and support for this work.
These pictures do not begin to capture the panels of sea creatures.
The backgrounds have bits of mirror and specialty tiles hidden in them. Some tiles--like the leaves of the kelp--are specially designed by artist Julie Bender, with unique textures added. No two leaves are alike. A close up is at left.
I blogged about this mosaic in March and in April. You can read more about Julie Bender's work and see pictures of some of the benches she's designed at BenchesbyBender.com--I love the ocean wave bench, if anyone wonders what to get me for Christmas.