As the Go-To-Lady for Public Mosaics, I have been involved for several years with an effort to protect and restore a 1968 smalti mosaic mural, Brotherhood of Man by Anthony Stellon (1941-2005). The mural has a very captivating history, and with your help we may be able to see it restored to its former glory.
It is a rare and inspiring artwork. The mural shows two figures, one black one white, uniting above the green Earth, Sun and Cosmos, conjoined by the Infinity Symbol. This work is part of the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Art Collection.
Last year, I drafted a downloadable report that you can find on the Friends of Franklin Square website.
We are working on a community awareness and fund raising campaign for the mural’s professional conservation and cleaning so it can be re-sited at the Franklin Square Park, or other deserving publicly visible location.
The mosaic panels, commissioned by Mayor Joseph Alioto, were originally located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in Hunter’s Point. Stellon was so moved by King’s assassination, he felt compelled to respond with his artwork as a call for universal peace and respect.
Above, Mr. Stellon as a young man of 28, standing proud in front of the installed masterpiece, March, 1969.
I’m organizing an open-to-public “educational meet and greet” for interested parties/volunteers, to reinvigorate the mural effort. I’ll make a presentation about the medium of mosaics, history and background on the artist, next steps, and proposed placement at Franklin Square. I have a mid-century mosaic digital presentation that includes historical documentation related to Stellon and his contemporaries, and plan to lead a visit to the mural itself.
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More to come….please stay tuned!