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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

San Jose Mosaics #2

Also from Washington Elementary School in San Jose, all the presidents that count (it's been so bleak since Jimmy Carter).

Detail: Ford, Carter, Julio Gomez, Dedication, Sam Rodriguez

"These murals became reality because our Principal, Sam Rodriguez (arrow pointing to portrait on right) wanted this school to be the most beautiful school in the world."

San Jose Mosaics #1

Washington Elementary School
100 Oak Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Wide shot




Sequoia detail

Amadeo Pietro Giannini
(May 6, 1870 – June 3, 1949)
Italian American founder of Bank of America

Asian farmers

Famous Local Ladies: Sarah Winchester
(Sept. 1839 – Sept. 5, 1922) Rifle Heiress
Mrs. Bascom


Pío de Jesus Pico
(May 5, 1801 – Sept 11, 1894)
last Mexican Governor of Alta California

Juan Cabrillo & Sir Francis Drake

Juan Bautista de Anza Bezerra Nieto
(July 1736 - December 19, 1788)
Novo-Spanish explorer, Governor of New Mexico for the Spanish Empire

George Washington

Father Junipero Serra
(November 24, 1713 – August 28, 1784) 
Spanish Franciscan friar who founded the mission chain
in Alta California of the Las Californias Province
in New Spain (present day CA)

San Jose Murals #1

A Place in Mind (2009)
Muralistas: Jose Arenas, Mike Torchia & Oscar Lopez
417 S First Street (at San Salvador Street), San Jose

Left face

Right face

Little girl with a seedling.

it's a peaceful place...

with flowers, and more...


Here's a bizarre little corner set on So. 1st Street in San Jose:

Look closely, there's magic between them