The Beverly Hills Days Volunteer Committee was selected to create a unique art piece that would embody the Beverly Hills life style as experienced by residents, visitors and workers in the City in celebration of the Centennial year. The concept was to demonstrate that Beverly Hills is a desirable place to live, work and raise families, contrary to the public persona, and that the community is comprised of a myriad of people, experiences and lifestyles. Over one and a half years were spent in photographing the city, its residents, its activities and government. Those images were compiled into a series of mosaics and this poster announces the formal presentation of those images to the City.
Because the City shield could not be used other than in the official mosaic piece we created this poster to show the use of the City Hall Cupola with a background of the residents, friends and workers demonstrating that the strength of the city comes from its people.
With over 30,000 images captured one of the biggest issues was to make sure as many people as possible were fairly represented. This was not to be just an homage to those dedicated few who do so much for the city. But, was indeed an effort to put everyone who experiences life in the City from the Sparkletts water man, the gardener, the cop on the beat to the bank president, families at concerts, school events, etc. The main piece that was created was a 6' X 6' canvas photo mosaic of the Beverly Hills Shield. It contained over 5,000 unique images. Four additional images were created as well. One of those being this submitted poster.
The reaction from the Mayor and City Council was unanimous in its acclaim. The City Council members were thrilled to have this poster to commemorate the event as well as the original pieces. Most of the Centennial events dealt with activities in the City, while this dealt with the people. The large mosaic was placed in the new Roxbury Recreational Center where it gets views everyday by young and old alike. While on display in the City Gallery people could be found taking pictures of themselves along with their families and friends within the piece. It was quite something to watch people spend upwards of an hour closely examining the piece and expressing such joy of discovery. Ultimately the exercise of viewing becomes interactive. It has its own momentum of life and association to a city filled with life. It is a big hit.