Marvelous mosaics in Long Beach Airport

On Wednesday, December 5th, California’s Long Beach Airport (LGB) will unveil an expanded and upgraded passenger concourse in its Art Deco style terminal building, complete with a garden court and new local retail outlets and eateries.

Of special interest are the Works Progress Administration (WPA) mosaics by Grace Clements that were (re)discovered when the maintenance team took up the carpet. Made in 1941, the mosaics pay tribute to Long Beach’s origins in aviation, oil and communications with images of a large map, birds, a ship, an oil well and a hand dialing a telephone.

Here’s a link to a few more images of the mosaic tiles at Long Beach Airport on the airport’s Flickr photostream.

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