El Camino Real (Local Landmark)
El Camino Real, 1971
Millard Sheets (1907-1989)
15' x 31'
City of Beverly Hills Donation by Robert Ahmanson
El Camino Real depicts an early California scene of people and horses in a forest setting. Sheets was an influential artist, designer, and educator in postwar Southern California known for his designs that integrated art and architecture. In the 1950s, Sheets designed the buildings, including the mosaics, for dozens of branch offices for Home Savings and Loan Association which were eventually acquired by Chase Bank.
Fun Fact: El Camino Real was removed in 1987 from the motor court of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, presented to the City as a gift, and installed at its current location in early 2013. Additionally, two other Millard Sheets mosaics are located on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills; see if you can point them out!