Piedmont High School: Mosaics and Murals – Piedmont CA

Project type: Art, Murals
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Piedmont High School was graced with four New Deal artworks in the 1930s, two of which have disappeared. They were commissioned by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which also constructed a new library and a classroom building.  This work was done c. 1937-39.

Edgar D. Taylor created two mosaics for the school: “Modern Education” was on the wall in the library; “Ancient Education” was in the corridor behind the library.  These works are evidently still in the current library.

Two other works are reported as missing and any information on their fate would be greatly appreciated:

•Joseph Sheridan painted a 7′ x 12′ tempera on canvas “Junipero Serra” in 1934.

•A two-panel tapestry “The Muses” – each panel 12′ x 8′ – designed by David Park and woven by Jean Fry and Maya once hung in the library.

 

Source notes

Project originally submitted by New Deal Art Registry on June 29, 2011.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


800 Magnolia Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611

Coordinates: 37.8235, -122.232

2 comments on “Piedmont High School: Mosaics and Murals – Piedmont CA

  1. Hi, as far as I know, the Muses tapestry and the Junipero Serro painting no longer exist at the PHS school site.

  2. Rich Lowry

    There used to be other murals in the east addition and two brick bas relief sculptures in the main corridor. It had Scotsmen in kilts in a battle scene.
    I have not been back to see the school since 1955.

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