Exploring & documenting historic temples, tabernacles and chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS or Mormon Church). This blog get a new post every Sunday.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Santa Monica (CA) Ward: Mural Detail
I wish I knew more about the history of this mural at the back of the chapel. It was painted by Joseph Gibby, who also painted the murals in the Los Angeles Temple Baptistry and a few other temples. Joseph was not in California until 1926, so it was very likely added after the building's dedication.
Pioneers enter the Salt Lake Valley on the left side. You can see Native Americans in the valley below. A pioneer couple on the right side gaze on the Salt Lake Temple (or a vision of it) above them. To the right, you can see normal buildings of the city (including the capitol building).
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Joseph Gibby is the original artist. It was touched up and slightly modified at a later time.ReplyDelete
This was my great grandpa Joe! So happy to see his work! Didn’t know he did the SM Ward too. I was lucky to have him until I was 14. He was extraordinary and I miss him everyday. Seeing his work is like a piece of him, still being here.ReplyDelete