Courtesy: Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Collection
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Ben's Promise and Robin, Jenny, Eric, Ralph and Lynne

Bellflower, California

Elaine Katzer (

Clifton M. Brakensiek Library, 9945 E. Flower Street, Bellflower, California, 90706
Owner:  Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Collection
Date:  1975
Placement:  libraries (buildings)
Artwork Type:  mosaics (visual works)
Material:  ceramic tile
Description:  Above the north and south entrances at the Clifton M. Brakensiek Library are two stoneware ceramic bas-relief murals by Elaine Katzer. The north wall mural entitled, Ben’s Promise, and the south wall mural entitled Robin, Jenny, Eric, Ralph, and Lynne (at right) are both named after and dedicated to Katzer’s children. The fluid and natural shapes in both murals reference birth and life. The murals each measure 5’ h x 20 ½’ w and were installed when the library was completed in 1975.

About the Artist: Elaine Katzer received her BA and MA from California State University, Long Beach and also studied for four years at the Chouinard Art Institute, which later became the California Institute of the Arts. She is a professional ceramic sculptor who uses a hand-built pinch method to construct murals, water walls, fountains, and sculptures. She has taught ceramics at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills and was an artist in residence at Monash University in Australia.

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