The Story of the Mosaics [Moars Cafeteria]. Benjamin Bufano.

The Story of the Mosaics [Moars Cafeteria]

San Francisco: Moars Cafeteria, n.d. [1950s]. No stated edition. one sheet, folded into thirds. One sheet, printed in green. Folded, 4 x 6 inches. Very good (crisp, very slightly handling wear). Item #30401

For many years Moars Cafeteria on Powell Street in San Francisco was home to three large mosaics by Italian-born sculptor and mosaic artist Benjamin (Benny) Bufano.  They depict St. Francis of Assisi with the wolf of Gubbio, and two groupings of children who symbolize all the races of the world, the openness of children, and "the oneness of creation."  This pamphlet explains, in Bufano's own words, the symbolism of the motifs--the colors, the one-eyed and open-handed children, the eagle, and the like.  A product of its postwar era: the hand of one child signs a pact of peace, and another hand "clasps the United Nations covenant as an instrument of hope." The mosaics were removed in the 1970s for the construction of BART, in storage for many years, and then installed in the Embarcadero Center West, although they aren't currently listed as part of the center's public art collection.  Bufano also created the monumental "Peace" sculpture, which greeted visitors to San Francisco International Airport for decades.  It was taken down to make room for a parking garage and now stands in the Park Merced apartment complex. A scarce mid-century survival from a popular restaurant.

Price: $40.00

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