Monarch Beach Resort Moments Magazine Issue 6 - Page 34

TOP : LANCE JOST

An aquatic mural in the tunnel entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park

about the city ’ s plan to reproduce a series of large-scale photographs with 4- by 4-inch tiles .
“ I happened to know how much that would cost to do ,” Jost recalls , “ and suggested to my friend , Karin Schnell , why don ’ t they have a local artist make it in mosaic instead ?” Schnell responded by asking Jost if he would appear in front of the City Council and ask them himself . “ I said I ’ d be glad to , and they bought it ,” Jost says . “ And I think you would agree , the end result is much more exciting .”
After securing the commission , Jost did research for the mosaics he was crafting : the breaching whale and the surfers at sunset . The other two pieces , the historical family photo and the tall ship , were created by another local artist , Lubica Selecka .
Far from an expert at the time , Jost learned to do mosaic for this particular project . Intent on preserving the striking colors of the original photograph of the surfers , he even perfected a cast-glass technique that involved creating molds of the surfers , hand-laying the colored glass and firing it in a kiln .
For the whale image , Jost used photographs he found of the entire hillside behind the marina to reproduce an accurate portrait of Dana Point . Juxtaposed with a whale breaching in the foreground , the image is both idyllic and personal .
Divulging a little-known artist ’ s secret hidden within the image , Jost recounts an old story of riding Killer Dana , the infamous right-breaking wave that used to produce 12- to 15-foot swells before the breakwater
Mosaic scenes of a breaching whale and surfers at sunset
for Dana Point Harbor commenced construction in August 1966 .
“ Dana Point had a reputation as the only place that really broke along the coast ,” Jost recalls . One day , Jost ’ s buddy , Robert August , of “ Endless Summer ” fame , pulled up to his house with an extra board for Jost and said , “ Let ’ s go , we ’ re going to surf Killer Dana .” Terrified , but awestruck by the sheer size and force of the break , Jost did , in fact , catch a wave that day . “ I rode Killer Dana ,” he exclaims , still exuberant with the memory . “ So , if you look really close , in the upper left corner of the mosaic , there ’ s a self-portrait of me riding Killer Dana .”
Salt Creek Tunnel mural , located at the entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park Though little is known about the history or the artist behind the mural-filled tunnel leading into Salt Creek Beach Park , it has become something of a personal landmark for the local beachgoers who pass through the site each day .
Taking up the entirety of the tunnel and spilling out onto each of the four exterior walls , the mural portrays a verdant underwater scene replete with small coral reefs and myriad sea creatures . On one exterior wall that faces the Pacific , a lone surfer walks toward the ocean , seemingly lost in the grandeur of approaching waves .
Colorful and bright , the mural serves as a whimsical portal into what can modestly be deemed one of the most picturesque beachside parks in south Orange County .
PUBLIC ART AT MONARCH BEACH RESORT
The name says it all : Nestled inside the botanical garden located directly behind the resort , the Temple of Bliss boasts six columns topped by an open-air , iron rotunda . It is the perfect place for sitting , meditating , cloud-gazing or taking in the local scenery .
The Temple of Bliss is in Monarch Beach Resort ’ s on-property botanical garden .
Upon arriving at Monarch Beach Resort , one cannot help but notice Neptune ’ s Reign , a grand , three-tiered fountain that greets visitors as they enter the resort . This bold portrayal of the Roman god of the sea is a fitting introduction to the city of Dana Point .
Situated inside the motor courtyard of the resort , three niche fountains deemed Gentle Allure reveal the sculpture of a large , stone sea creature at the center , flanked on both sides by two other stone sculptures , each depicting a young boy amongst additional sea life .
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PUBLIC ART AT MONARCH BEACH RESORT An aquatic mural in the tunnel entrance to Salt Creek Beach Park Mosaic scenes of a breaching whale and surfers at sunset about the city’s plan to reproduce a series of large-scale photographs with 4- by 4-inch tiles. “I happened to know how much that would cost to do,” Jost recalls, “and suggested to my friend, Karin Schnell, why don’t they have a local artist make it in mosaic instead?” Schnell responded by asking Jost if he would appear in front of the City Council and ask them himself. “I said I’d be glad to, and they bought it,” Jost says. “And I think you would agree, the end result is much more exciting.” After securing the commission, Jost did research for the mosaics he was crafting: the breaching whale and the surfers at sunset. The other two pieces, the historical family photo and the tall ship, were created by another local artist, Lubica Selecka. Far from an expert at the time, Jost learned to do mosaic for this particular project. Intent on preserv- ing the striking colors of the original photograph of the surfers, he even perfected a cast-glass technique that involved creating molds of the surfers, hand-laying the colored glass and firing it in a kiln. For the whale image, Jost used photographs he found of the entire hillside behind the marina to repro- duce an accurate portrait of Dana Point. Juxtaposed with a whale breaching in the foreground, the image is both idyllic and personal. Divulging a little-known artist’s secret hidden within the image, Jost recounts an old story of riding Killer Dana, the infamous right-breaking wave that used to produce 12- to 15-foot swells before the breakwater for Dana Point Harbor commenced construction in August 1966. “Dana Point had a reputation as the only place that really broke along the coast,” Jost recalls. One day, Jost’s buddy, Robert August, of “Endless Summer” fame, pulled up to his house with an extra board for Jost and said, “Let’s go, we’re going to surf Killer Dana.” Terrified, but awestruck by the sheer size and force of the break, Jost did, in fact, catch a wave that day. “I rode Killer Dana,” he exclaims, still exuberant with the memory. “So, if you look really close, in the upper left corner of the mosaic, there’s a self-portrait of me riding Killer Dana.” 34 SӐTPPTԕ B[ܙYZ[[]\[ ]Y]H[[H[ܙYZXX\•Y]H\ۛۈX]H\ܞH܈H\\Z[B]\[ Y[Y[[XY[[[ܙYZXX\]\XYBY][وH\ۘ[[X\™܈H[XX\\YH]HXX^KZ[\H[\]HوB[[[[[]۝XXوH\^\[܈[H]\[ܝ^\H\[[\]\[H\]H]X[ܘ[YY˜[^\XYXHܙX]\\ˈۈۙB^\[܈[]X\HXYXBۙH\\[\HX[Y[Z[H[Hܘ[]\ق\X[]\˂ܙ[[Y H]\[\\\H[\X[ܝ[[][[\HHY[YYۙBوH[X\\]YHXXYB\[]ܘ[H[KHH^\][\Y[YHH[X[\[]Y\XHZ[H\ܝ H[\Hق\\^[[YH[[XZ\\ۂ[K]\H\XXH܈][YY]][Y Y^[܈Z[[H[[\KH[\Hو\\[[ۘ\XX\ܝ8&\ۋ\\B[X[\[\ۈ\][][ۘ\XX\ܝ ۙH[[]XH\[x&\”ZYۋHܘ[ YK]Y\Y[Z[]ܙY]\]ܜ˜\^H[\H\ܝ \˜ܝ^X[وHX[وHXH\H][š[X[ۈH]Hق[H[ ]X]Y[YHH[܂\X\وH\ܝ YBXH[Z[Y[YY[H[\H]X[B[\HوH\KۙBXHܙX]\H]H[\[YۈY\B\ۙH[\\XX\X[H[[B[[ۙY][ۘ[XHYK