G O O D F O R T U N E
"Good Fortune" has been taken down by the City of Berkeley and put into storage somewhere* . I knew that this would happen some day, as the parking garage on which "Good Fortune" was located had been scheduled to be torn down. The mosaic was removed this past July.
However, as of now, I have no idea where the City of Berkeley will re-install this mosaic. The City has no idea
either. The people in charge actually proposed relocating this mosaic to the INSIDE of the new parking garage, somewhere towards the back. I said, "no way!". This is on outdoor mosaic that was meant for people, including small people, aka children, to encounter as they walked down the street. A structure that houses cars would not be appropriate for a work of this scale, and a mosaic made with such small tesserae. I will keep you informed of what happens, but if you feel so inclined, you are welcome to contact the Art Commission for the City of Berkeley and ask them what they are planning on doing with this mosaic which is owned by and has been paid for by the citizens of Berkeley.
UPDATE: 2/27/17 I have been informed that "Good Fortune" is in storage with Public Works (city of Berkeley), which is what I assumed, but it was just confirmed.
located on Addison Street, Berkeley, California as part of the Addison Streetscape Project/ Addison Street Arts District
installed in 2002
from the Guide to the Addison Street Sidewalk Art (Berkeley, California)
"Diana Maria Rossi's artwork is featured on the wall of the City parking garage, at
the easternmost end of the Gallery display windows on Addison Street. This
piece was initially proposed as part of the Sidewalk Art on Addison Street, but
due to safety reasons Diana Rossi's artwork had to be modified to an upright
orientation and placed on a wall instead of the sidewalk.
The artwork features a stained-glass mosaic that is approximately 25 inches high
by 39.5 inches wide. The overall design of this piece consists of heart and leaf
shapes linked together to form a larger heart shape. Within the larger heart
shape the artist has inserted 47 "magic pennies." Each "magic penny" is comprised of a photographic image of a
child, surrounded by bits of copper smalti tile. The individuality of each face highlights the multicultural spirit
of Berkeley's populace as well as that of the greater world.
The concept of this piece is to play upon the idea of the lucky penny found in the street. The term "magic penny"
originated from a song by Berkeley resident and musician, Malvina Reynolds. An image of Reynolds is also
featured in this piece as a celebration of her creative deeds. With a title like "Good Fortune" this wonderful piece
renews in each of us the hope for a bright future for all children, and in turn for all of us."