m a s o n i c e x h i b i t
Emile Norman crafted the one-of-a-kind mosaic window that dominates the entrance foyer of the California Masonic Memorial Temple. This historical window, fabricated in the endomosaic process, incorporates thousands of bits of metal, parchment, felt, linen, silk natural foliage, thinly sliced vegetable matter, shells and sea life, plus 180 colors of stained glass. The lower portion of the frieze is comprised of actual gravels and soils of the 58 counties of California and the Islands of Hawaii. The window measures 45 feet wide by 48 feet high and depicts the history of the wayfarers and the seafarers that helped found California Freemasonry.
The California Masonic Foundation asked us to create an exhibit to educate visitors about the endomosaic mural. Drawing from the layering design of the mural itself, we designed an interpretive exhibit that not only helped to explain the mural’s purpose and unique construction, but also to recognize the many individuals that contributed to its restoration.
We were responsible for understanding the intent of this exhibit from the Masonic Executive Committee; expressing this intent in the form of our design; assembling the team of metal, wood and glass fabricators and coordinating the final installation.