Last week, the de Young Museum installed a mural in its lobby that hasn’t been viewed publicly for nearly 100 years. The massive piece entitled Atlantic and Pacific is the work of William de Leftwich Dodge, one of the most famous muralists of the early 20th Century.
The mural was a commission for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). It stood as the centerpiece of a triptych in the Tower of Jewels, a building covered in 102,000 sparkling crystal gems. Logistics kept the piece in storage — even with a suitable wall available, its size makes it difficult to display. The mural is over 12 feet tall and 46 feet wide. It weighs about 130 pounds and took art handlers months of planning to install. The museum used rare earth magnets, metallic strips and Velcro tabs to hang the giant mural.
You can view the mural now in the de Young Museum lobby. For the full story, click here.