Update on the restoration of the mural room....

Patty West, owner of South Coast Fine Arts Conservation Center sent me these photos.
She also said that the fire left dirt and soot on the mural...no plastic bits.
As you scrool down, you will see the difference between the soot,dirt area and the cleaned area.
Amazing, isn't it?
Thanks Patty for the photos!!! I look forward to any other photos you might have in the future?!

Patty West from South Coast Fine Arts on top of scaffolding at the mural room.

Partially cleaned section at peak of ceiling.

Close up showing grease and smoke from the fire.

New Garden Section Filled With 122 Wishes!!!!

As you can see by the photos, the lines were full....all 122 wishes.

So, the wishes were shredded and added to the dirt......
They were placed with some shells and succulents..

a new garden section was
made with
your wishes!!!!

To learn more about how the wishing tree and garden started...check out world famous photographer Kenji and his terrific blog that documents this adventure: http://wp4duke.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/wishing-tree/

Go See The Mural Room @ the Couthouse!!!!

In January of this year, there was a fire in the attic of the Courthouse. Black smoke and tiny bits of burning plastic flooded in to the mural room. The plastic embedded itself into parts of the paint and the smoke put a brown finish over the whole mural. To make things worse, the mural was never finished with a final varnish coat to seal the paints back in the 30's.!!!!
This makes for very delicate and tricky restoration work!!! View the complete story:http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=33285

This is a copy of the mural...
...............divided into 4 sections =4 walls.

Enter... South Coast Fine Arts Conservation Center...
floor to ceiling scaffolding....
and multiple workers to clean, restore and stabilize the mural!!!

It is rare that one would ever get a chance to see restoration work done on this scale.

So, go up the stairs to the second floor.....................

Go in the door......

Look Up.........................................

It is like magic. They put a solution on the mural and then carefully blot off the smoke. It can go from a cloudy looking day to bright sunlight in a few blots!!


THE LINES ARE FULL, right up to the top of the sign!!!!

Now comes the time to harvest, shred the wishes...all 122 of the wishes(!), mix with soil and plant the back part of the garden.

Thank you to all who made a wish on the lines!!

For those of you who want to know how all this started go t0: http://wp4duke.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/wishing-tree/
there you will see the photos of this story by world famous photographer and blogger of all things Santa Barbara, KENJI!

SOOOOOOOO,.........the lines are empty again and ready for more wishes. This next batch will complete the garden. COME MAKE YOUR WISH!!!