Going to the Wall to "Save the Birds"
Over the next two years, the "Save the Birds" committee, along with Shea Properties, raised more than $250,000 to relocate the artwork from the vacant shopping center to various locations in Huntington Beach, including the Huntington Beach Civic Center.
The tiles used in the murals were designed by the Barbara Vantrease Beall Tile Studio. Moving the 16 large, hand-painted murals to the civic center took approximately four months. The installation professionals working on the reinstallation used Custom Building Products' VersaBond Bonding Mortar to mount the tiles, grouting them with the company's Polyblend Sanded Tile Grout.
Reinstallation expert Dr. D. R. Chartier directed the project. "As a professional who has faced such problems many times, the most useful advice I can offer is treat this exercise as a creative opportunity to preserve and develop a unique resource¿There will be no cultural legacy to our children if all sites and works of art are considered expendable," he said.
The Huntington Beach Civic Center is located at 2000 Main Street in Huntington Beach.