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.
Please help restore one of Sausalito’s 8 public works of art. Checks should be made out to: Sausalito Foundation, with ‘Varda restoration’ in the memo field, and mailed to: Sausalito Foundation, PO Box 567, Sausalito, CA94966