In 1960, Varda was commissioned to design a mosaic for the new Villa Roma Hotel in Fisherman’s Wharf. The mosaic was created by mosaic artist, Alfonso Pardinas, on the wall next to the entrance of the Villa Roma.
In 1982 the Villa Roma was demolished. Victor di Suvero, along with several of Varda’s other Sausalito friends, raised funds to save the mosaic from demolition, and to transport it to Sausalito.
On Sept 18, 1982, the 23 ton mosaic was trucked across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marinship Park, and given to the City. Varda’s friends had hoped it would be installed at the Ferry Landing or Dunphy Park. Instead, it lay on its back in Marinship Park for 6 years with remnants of Christo’s Running Fence providing it protection.
In 1988, thanks to Paul Anderson, the Friends of the Sausalito Art Festival, and Sausalito Rotary, the mosaic was restored and permanently installed in Marinship Park.
Over the past 28 years the mosaic has suffered damage due to the aging rebar and cement. It needs to be restored. Pippa Murray, a Sausalito mosaic artist with a studio at Sausalito’s MLK property, has agreed to oversee the restoration.
Ice House Plaza
The Ice History Museum was the brainchild of beloved historian and cartoonist, Phil Frank. Following Phil’s death in 2007, Bea Seidler of the Sausalito Foundation took up the cause of building the adjacent Ice House Plaza that Phil had always envisioned. When Bea passed away in 2014, the Sausalito Historical Society stepped in to help the Foundation to complete the project.
We’re now nearing our goal of $320,000 in community donations to build the Plaza….
Your generous tax deductible contribution to the Sausalito Foundation will make it a happen in 2017!
$200+ Acknowledgement on a plaque in the Plaza
$2000+ Historical Society Lifetime membership and donor recognition celebration