Geometric designs taken from photos of wallpaper used in parlors in the agricultural era can also be seen on the murals. After searching the archives and drawing a design for the project, Zarder transferred the design drawing onto the concrete columns. Then, she glazed tiles and fired them in her studio kiln. She took the colorful square pieces, and broke each one into fragments that she glued to the column surface. “If you look at the artwork, you’ll see that each tile was hand-snipped,” said Hammond. “It was a painstaking process. There are probably a million pieces that make up those columns.” Tiling the columns took about five months. This week, Zarder put the final touches on the pieces by filling in the outer edges with grout. “I loved learning about the history of Santa Fe Springs,” she said. “It was a very pastoral beauty and I wanted to capture that because that era is gone.” Hammond said that the city is planning to put two similar columns across the street. “Telegraph Road is the major link between Orange County and Los Angeles,” said Hammond. “It’s a way for us to send a message to the public about how much we care, and to also leave a legacy to future generations.” Sandy Mazza may be reached by calling (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Zarders, 48, of Long Beach named the piece “Reverence for an Era,” in honor of the city’s agricultural period in the late 1880s to early 1920s. The city requires that all public art fit into one of five time periods: agricultural, Native American, Mexican-Spanish, turn-of-the-century ranching and industrial-modern. “We were interested in having mosaic columns, and the artist came in and looked through historical archives and found things she really liked,” said Margaret Hammond, who oversees the public art program. Zarder was inspired by crops that used to be grown in the city, and she included oranges, lemons and olives in the murals. A picture of a 1920s-era farmhouse also inspired Zarder, and she included an image of it in the murals, along with two landscape pictures she found in archives. SANTA FE SPRINGS — The newest public art installment in Santa Fe Springs was unveiled Friday morning. It is a testament to the city’s agricultural heritage. Two mural-covered columns now brighten the northeast corner of Telegraph Road and Bloomfield Avenue in front of Heritage Crossing. The project cost about $60,000 and was paid for by a business development fee that funds the city’s public art program. “I’ve been working day and night for six months getting it ready,” said artist Kerry Zarders.