Creating a huge bronze mural for Balboa Park!
There are several incredible projects underway that will enhance and beautify the Palisades area of Balboa Park.
One project I wrote about yesterday. Two life-size grizzly bear sculptures and two flagpoles will be installed on the roof of the San Diego Automotive Museum. You can read this blog post here.
The second project concerns a historic building directly opposite Pan American Plaza: a modern municipal gymnasium. This building was originally built for the 1935-1936 California-Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park and was called the Palace of Electricity and Various Industries.
Back in 1935, visitors were greeted by a large thematic painting above the entrance to the Palace of Electricity and Various Industries. It was a bas-relief by Arturo Eneim, carved from layers of wall panels. It’s long gone.
But this fresco is back! And it will be made of cold cast bronze!
In late 2021, I visited Bellagio Precast Studios in San Diego, where a 12ft x 20ft mural is being created in cold cast fiberglass reinforced bronze. You can see interesting photos from this visit, as well as a visualization and a more detailed description, by clicking here. And here.
I visited the same studio again a couple of days ago and watched the huge mural being pieced together!
This monumental project is being implemented by the Balboa Park Committee of 100.
I found out that the fantastic fresco should be completed and installed above the entrance to the Municipal Gymnasium building around September of this year!
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