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The Top Nine Mosaic Murals in San Francisco:
An historical survey...

1964
SHOOTING STAR, GOLDEN GATEWAY APTS.
550 Battery St. between. Washington and Jackson Sts.
By Mark Adams

The apartment building complex where this mural is found was part of a mid-60’s urban redevelopment project. A percentage of the building costs was designated for art. Mr. Adams was commissioned to do the entry way mural while he was with the American Academy in Rome. This entryway is embellished with a dazzling hand-nipped vitreous glass tile mural. The scene illustrates the sky, zodiac symbols, and a large shooting star streaking along the length of the upper walls of the entrance. It is particularly nice how the mosaic wraps under the wall. This is private property but you can view the mosaic from the glass doors or ask the doorman for permission to step inside. On the exterior of the building, there are several abstract panels of vitreous glass mosaic, done in shades of brown and gold, and the courtyard features modern sculptures and a fountain.

On the exterior of the building, there are several abstract panels of vitreous glass mosaic, done in shades of brown and gold. These were designed and executed by Manuel Perdomo and Alfonso Pardiñas of Byzantine Mosaics, an architectural mosaic workshop active in San Francisco in the 1960's.