Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Mosaic History of Mid-century Austin Neighborhoods

At the heart of Austin's Crestview and Brentwood neighborhoods, the Crestview Shopping Center features not only an "old-school" deli, pharmacy and grocery store, but a unique mosaic that celebrates the history of these mid-century neighborhoods. Artist Jean Graham designed this charming monument with the help of the community and the nonprofit organization Violet Crown Community Works. The mosaic is located on Woodrow Avenue and W. St. Johns Ave., and is well worth a visit.

The mosaic is called the Wall of Welcome.

Iconic businesses, some long gone and others still present, are represented on the mosaic.

Frequent moon-like concrete medallions provide concise, in-depth interpretation.

Photos and blog post by Jenni Minner.

More info:
Austin Chronicle feature (2008)
A Community Mosaic (film shown at opening.)

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