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Joyce Kozloff
Gardens of Villandry and Gardens at Chenonceaux

Project Area: CBD/Financial Core
Project: Home Savings Tower
Project Location: Figueroa Tower, 660 S. Figueroa Street
Project Type: Developer


"Gardens of Villandry and Gardens at Chenonceaux" is made up of two mosaic murals in the niches of what was originally the Home Savings Tower on Figueroa and 7th Street. The murals present birds-eye views of two 16th century Renaissance gardens in the Loire Valley, France. Partially hidden nude angels, symbolizing the city's name, stand behind a wall of luxuriant foliage in the "Gardens of Villandry", the lunette that faces Figueroa. A festoon of brightly colored oranges, representing the area's rich agricultural past, fills the "Gardens at Chenonceaux", the lunette that faces Seventh Street. These images are in harmony with the building's architectural references to the French chateau, linking the murals to colorful botanical treasures of Southern California.

These mosaic panels were created in Italy and are attached to the office tower in sections, continuing a tradition that Home Savings had begun decades earlier when Millard Sheets had designed a large number of mosaic glass murals for the institution's branch offices.

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Joyce Kozloff is one of the founders of the 1970s Pattern Painting movement, which takes inspiration from non-Western ornamental traditions.  Kozloff’s choice to work in the decorative arts had the populist intention of communicating with a broad public.  She is perhaps most recognized for her site-specific public art commissions such as the Metro Red Line  7th Street Station, Los Angeles; San Francisco Airport;  Harvard Square Subway Station; and Detroit's Downtown People Mover Station. She has exhibited extensively including at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the San Antonio Art Institute; the Whitney Museum of American Art, and P.S. 1, New York.  The artist’s awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and several grants from the New York State Council on the Arts.  The artist works in New York City.