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The Cape, the Bay and the Clouds of Magellan


Artist: Patrick Mohr, Long Beach, CA

Location: 100 Oceangate, Downtown Long Beach, CA

District: 2

Description: A series of asymmetric anodized aluminum and porcelain enamel panels, and a tile mosaic forms the artist's interpretation of the global economy, past and present. The circular mosaic charts tide and trade continents. The panels feature a variety of images. One includes a silhouette of sailors steering a boat through rough waters. Another depicts a silhouette of boxer Jack Dempsey, reminding us of his unbridled strive towards professionalism and profit. Adjacent panels exemplify the spice trade through images of pepper and clove plants, while drawings of Japanese warriors represent cultural independence amidst internationalism. The central image of a couple dancing to the tango instructions reflects discipline and ease in creating a balanced partnership. The thoughtful inclusion of a bench allows the viewer to contemplate the artwork, and features a quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes calling for free trade and a competitive market.

Developer: Mutual of New York (MONY)

Funding: MONY voluntarily agreed to participate on the program and contributed 1% of the total construction costs to the art projects.

Completion: March 1994

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The Cape, the Bay and the Clouds of Magellan