"Water City" by Wayne Thiebaud, 1959. Glass mosaic tile mural. SMUD Building, Sacramento, CA
Photo by Fred Lyon. From an advertisement for Alcoa Aluminum in Architectural Forum, July 1961. Ad ran with the following text:
"That touch of genius costs so little in Alcoa Aluminum, here a solar screening. Horizontals facing south, above, adjust 45 degrees manually summer and winter. Vertical louvers eat and west automatically follow the sun from dawn till dusk. Client's savings extend to maintenance: Alcoa Aluminum needs only occasional washing by the rain. Such handsome practicality, in countless applications, had earned Alcoa Aluminum its reputation as the architect's metal. Aluminum Company of America, Pittsburgh 19, Pa."
Mosaic design was originally a serigraph in 1957 which was a study for the Sacramento Municipal Utility Department (SMUD) mural and a demonstration serigraph at the California State Fair.
The SMUD Headquarters building, designed by Dreyfuss & Blackford, is on the National Register of Historic Places. www.nps.gov/nr/feature/weekly_features/10_02_26_smud_head...
Sacramento-area artist Wayne Thiebaud is well known for his vibrant pop art and masterful landscape paintings. Sixty years ago, in 1951, Thiebaud held his first one-artist exhibition, "Influences on a Young Painter" at the Crocker Art Museum.
In the interest of educating people about mid-20th century art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region, I'm including examples of Thiebaud's works in other mediums. Enjoy.