Venice Arts Council: Ceramic Art Tiles Rescued in Venice
January 10, 2018 - The Venice Arts Council is proud to announce the replacement of five benches on the Ocean Front Walk in Venice. The original double sided benches were made of concrete supports that housed an art tile on each end, with green wooden boards for the seat and back rest. The concrete has been crumbling making them unsafe to sit on, thus the Department of Recreation and Parks removed those that were the most damaged. The high fire ceramic tiles have endured.
These tiles designed and created by Noel Osherhoff and Tamie Smith, depict a graphic history of Venice, using some designs by local artists Augustin Gonzalez and Emily Winters. These eleven benches housing 22 Art Tiles were designed for the renovation of the Ocean Front Walk in the year 2000, located on the cross street corners from Horizon to Dudley. The damaged benches were on Wavecrest, Breeze, Brooks, Park, and Sunset. The Wavecrest and Brooks tiles were missing when the benches were removed and were remade by the original artists in 2015. The Breeze, Park and Sunset tiles were removed from the old benches and reinstalled into the new. The new benches with the tiles in place on the sides, were installed on the Ocean Front Walk on December 19, 2017.
In 2013 the Venice Arts Council recognized the disaster of these benches being removed and the tiles disappearing thus founded the Art Tile Rescue and Restoration Committee. Venice Arts Council has worked with the Department of Recreation and Parks and are grateful for the support of Robert Davis, Venice Beach Superintendent, and the local residents near Ocean Front Walk and in Venice. The replacement of the four missing tiles was funded by the Venice Neighborhood Council.
Venice Arts Council developed and published a book "The Art Tiles of Venice Beach, A Graphic History: 1904 - 2001" . This book is a fundraiser for the project and was sponsored by the local businesses on Ocean Front Walk in Venice and individual supporters. Proceeds from the book raised the funds to pay for the concrete cutting to remove the tiles from the old damaged concrete and to install all the tiles into the sides of the new benches. Book sales will still be raising funds to restore the remaining six benches.
The book is available for $20 located at:
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Hennessy and Ingalls
5740 W. Adams Bl. LA 90016.
1624 Abbott Kinney Bl. Venice.
Skylight Books. 1818 N. Vermont..LA 90027.
Small World Books
1407 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
1701 Lincoln Bl. Venice.
Co-founder and Chair Co-founder and Chair of the
Venice Arts Council Endangered Art Fund