Brotherhood of Man

As the Go-To-Lady for Public Mosaics, I  have been involved for several years with an effort to protect and restore a 1968 smalti mosaic mural, Brotherhood of Man by Anthony Stellon (1941-2005). The mural has a very captivating history, and with your help we may be able to see it restored to its former glory.

Brotherhood of Man, 1968, by Anthony Stellon, ~ 8 ft. x 22 ft.

It is a rare and inspiring artwork. The mural shows two figures, one black one white, uniting above the green Earth, Sun and Cosmos, conjoined by the Infinity Symbol. This work is part of the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Art Collection.

Last year, I drafted a downloadable report that you can find on the Friends of Franklin Square website.

We are working on a community awareness and fund raising campaign for the mural’s professional conservation and cleaning so it can be re-sited at the Franklin Square Park, or other deserving publicly visible location.

The mosaic panels, commissioned by Mayor Joseph Alioto, were originally located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in Hunter’s Point. Stellon was so moved by King’s assassination, he felt compelled to respond with his artwork as a call for universal peace and respect.

Above, Mr. Stellon as a young man of 28, standing proud in front of the installed masterpiece, March, 1969.

I’m organizing an open-to-public “educational meet and greet” for interested parties/volunteers, to reinvigorate the mural effort.  I’ll make a presentation about the medium of mosaics, history and background on the artist, next steps, and proposed placement at Franklin Square.  I have a mid-century mosaic digital presentation that includes historical documentation related to Stellon and his contemporaries, and plan to lead a visit to the mural itself.

Please sign up for my newsletter email list to stay informed of this project.

More to come….please stay tuned!

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14 Responses to “Brotherhood of Man”
  1. Nancie Mills Pipgras says:

    Count me in. Don’t know how yet, but this is a splendid work. How lucky we are that you’re focused on it

  2. Lisa Bookstein says:

    Look forward to working w/ you as well- what a great piece and project!
    LCB

  3. Yolanda Gutierrez says:

    Hi I do want to be involved in this great endeavor

  4. Sonia King says:

    Me too, Lillian. Thanks for all your work on this. (FYI, I posted a link to this page on my Facebook Fan Page.)

  5. Daud Abdullah says:

    Although I live in the bay area, I have never been to the city to view all the wonderful mosaics. I will have to make a special trip, this is a wonderful piece and would love to be kept posted on the progress.

  6. Jeanne Halpern says:

    Lillian, Please let me know what happens and your progress on the site. And above all, good luck with the restoration and installation. Jeanne

  7. kruzline says:

    awesome Lillian! I’ll be excited to learn more especially since we know his son.
    Michael

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