Billy's Mural Conservation
The ceramic mural outside of Billy's Delicatessen in Glendale, California is threatened with imminent destruction. The mural was created in 1970 by the ceramic artist Lee Whitten, whose parents were the founders of Billy's. Although the business and building were sold many years ago, the mural continued to represent the delicatessen to the community. Now that Billy's has closed, the new business coming in does not want to keep the mural. Your contributions to this fund will enable the Whitten family to retain SilverLake Conservation, experts in tile preservation, to save it. The scope of the work involves the professional removal and preservation of each of the 323 one-foot-square tiles, many in dramatic bas-relief. The tiles will then be preserved and stored until the family finds a permanent home for this unique work of art. At that point the damaged ones will be properly repaired. For more history and a complete photo see this article: Glendale News Press article on Billy's Deli+ Read More
These photos show the tile removal process, done by the amazing Rick Winters. The tiles are being stored inside Billy's. They will be moved at the end of the week to his shop, Cutting Edge, where over the next few months he will carefully remove the cement backing from each of the 323 tiles. Apologies for previous updates without accompanying photos.
Although it appears our campaign is 10 days old, it actually started yesterday, October6. That is when the emails to our friends and family were first sent out.