Category: Art

Industrial activities mural in Long Beach

20sep07industrial_activities_in_Long_BeachImage: incomplete view of mural by Ivan Bartlett and Jean Swiggert at Long Beach Polytechnic High School from .

TitleIndustrial activities in Long Beach, Long Beach, 1939
DescriptionIndustrial activities in Long Beach, Long Beach, 1939. Polytechnic High School, interior stairwell between buildings 300 and 400, 1600 Atlantic Avenue (between 15th and 17th Streets), Long Beach. A crowded scene of the local community at work and play along the harbor. Both Bartlett and Swiggett were alumni of the school. Fresco using casein tempera, 17x 35‘, by Ivan Bartlett and Jean Swiggett. Sponsored by Federal Art Project. Dunitz, Street gallery, rev. 2nd ed., p. 253, #5.
Subject (corporate name)Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Subject (topic)Street art
Mural painting and decoration
Social history
Geographic subject (street address)1600 Atlantic Avenue
Geographic subject (city or populated place)Long Beach
Geographic subject (county)Los Angeles
Geographic subject (state/province)California
Geographic subject (country)USA
Geographic subject (other)Long Beach Polytechnic High School
Geographic coordinates33.78703,-118.184545
ArtistBartlett, Ivan; Swiggert, Jean
PhotographerDunitz, Robin J.
Other contributorFederal Art Project
Publisher (of the digital version)University of Southern California. Libraries
Date created (for display)1939
Format3 slides : col. ; 2 x 2 in.
Format (aat)color slides
slides (photographs)
Contributing entityUniversity of Southern California
Identifying numberdunitz-1250; dunitz-1251; dunitz-1252
ReferencesDunitz, Robin J. Street Gallery: a guide to 1000 Los Angeles Murals. Los Angeles, CA: RJD Enterprises, c1993; Dunitz, Robin J. Street gallery: a guide to 1000 Los Angeles Murals. Rev. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, CA: RJD Enterprises, c1998;
RightsThe images are accessible for fair use. However, muralists retain all rights to their work, and Robin Dunitz retains copyright for the images. Any requests for permission to reproduce the images must be directed to: Robin Dunitz, 503-577-3842,
Physical accessThe files represent Ms. Dunitzpersonal collection of materials collected over the years of her involvement in documenting and preserving Los Angeles murals. They are available for consultation in the Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, University of Southern California. For an appointment, contact the Library at (213) 740-1956.
Repository nameUSC Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library
Repository addressWatt Hall 4d, USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0294
Filenamedunitz-1250.tif; dunitz-1251.tif; dunitz-1252.tif
Part of collectionRobin Dunitz Slides of Los Angeles Murals, 1925-2002



Olinka Hrdy mural in Long Beach



Image: detail of Deep Sea Magic mural by Olinka Hrdy from .

“This mural ‘Deep Sea Magic’ by Oklahoma artist Olinka Hrdy was painted in 1939 with funding from the WPA Federal Art Project. It is composed of two panels, each measuring 6 feet by 19 feet, and is currently located in the foyer of Will Rogers Middle School. Hrdy had the following to say about the mural in 1965:

Well like most of the artists in California I got on the Federal Art Project and naturally I had quite a few decorations behind me so they put me right to work designing murals. And the first mural I did was one called Deep Sea Magic which I did for the Lowell [sic] Junior High School in Long Beach… [T]his giant squid, the tendrils were all of ten feet long, all in purple pink and blues, various colors and this was almost transparent so you could look through it. And look here, all the eyes of all the fish were done with either gold or silver so that when you walk by the mural you see the glitter of these eyes all watching you. (”

Excerpt from image link above.

Learn more about Hrdy at .