- Salinas, CA
- Site Type:
- Art Works, Sculpture and Bas Relief
- New Deal Agencies:
- Arts Programs, Federal Arts Project (FAP)
- Jo Mora
- Quality of Information:
- Very Good
- Site Survival:
California artist Jo Mora created five concrete bas-reliefs of historic scenes for the Monterey County Courthouse, as well as of a large female figure with a sword.
The five historic scenes are mounted over the main entrance doors to the courthouse on the west side of the interior courtyard. They are stylized representations of, from left to right, native people, conquistadores, friar and Mission neophytes, Anglo-American settlers and various athletes.
The female figure is over the exterior door on the east side of the building and appears to be a stylized, classical figure of justice.
This group of artworks was funded by the Federal Art Project (FAP), an arm of the Works Progress Administration, in 1937.
The building and its art works were placed on the National Register in 2008.
Plaque on east side of courthouse
Site originally submitted by Peter Hiller on February 15, 2014.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.
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