Pacific Grove High School Mural (former) – Pacific Grove CA

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Description

August (Gus Gay) was hired by the Federal Art Project to paint a mural in the Pacific Grove High School Library in 1935.  It was a very ambitious mural that took three years to complete, even with the assistance of young artist Bruce Arliss.  

The 10 x 150 foot mural was one of the largest in California, depicting the Monterey coastline from Point Pinos lighthouse to Monterey Custom House, with Cannery Row at the center. 

The mural was completely destroyed by a fire at the school in December 1946. 

Source notes

Nancy Boas. The Society of Six: California Colorists. University of California Press, 1988: 162.

Thanks to Steve Ibrahim, teacher in the Pacific Grove School District and Eric Beck, San Diego State Library, for their help in finding an image of the lost mural

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Location Info


615 Sunset Drive
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Coordinates: 36.610495, -121.922919

One comment on “Pacific Grove High School Mural (former) – Pacific Grove CA

  1. Richard Rhoda

    Some sections of the mural can be seen on this website: https://www.mayohayeslibrary.org/

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