Midcentury Mosaics Saved from the Wrecking Ball
I’m thrilled to link you to this well-researched and engaging reportage by Christina Geyer, managing editor for FD LUXE magazine. She tracks the restoration and rescue process of the 1950’s Mercantile Bank mosaics designed by Millard Sheets, bringing us behind-the-scenes action on one of the most important mosaic restorations of our time. In 2005 when it looked like the buildings were slated to be destroyed, I advocated for the Sheets restoration in another Dallas News article by Steve Brown. I’ve been researching the American mosaic muralist movement for years and was able to offer the writer a historial perspective on how the original mosaic-making— a monumental undertaking— was accomplished. I’m quoted toward the end of the article. Over 70 mosaic works have been saved and restored and will move to the Joule Dallas Hotel this fall (slated for Sept. 2012 opening).
In a bold (and costly) stroke of preservation, oil tycoon and hotelier Tim Headington — backed by an unlikely team of architects and politicians, and one spirited art conservator — rescues some of the country’s most impressive large-scale mosaic works….
Photos are courtesy DallasNews. Please see the article for the full slideshow. Excellent photos bring the process to life.