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  • December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

    Link to The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World at Yesterland.
    Please discuss the ceramic mural and the entrance to Disney's California Adventure here.
    Werner Weiss
    Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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    Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

    Great article. I've always loved the tile mural. It didn't fit in a Disney park at all, but it was beautiful. I wanted the otter section, because I love otters.

    However, there is an error in your article. You state there was a drive through tree in CA, but it doesn't exist anymore. That one may not exist, but there are several more extant in California as evidenced by this website: Big Tree Drive-Thru, Avenue of the Giants, California

    I know from firsthand experience that the Shrine tree exists because I drove through it this year.
    The Right Honorable Count Boogie Bonz of Random, at your service.

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      Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

      I already miss the mural... It was one of my favorite elements in California Adventure. It was beautiful, huge, and unique.

      I've been cringing my way through all the news of development. It's all too much like WDW's Hollywood Studios (which is great, by the way, but we don't need another one over here, too!!). It's only a matter of time before those iconic letters are destroyed, too. :'(

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        Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

        (Really great article, however.)

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          Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

          Are the tiles too fragile to be removed carefully, numbered, and installed elsewhere?

          While environmentally sensitive, it doesn't seem like terrazzo is the best use for this one-of-a-kind mural. It *IS* beautiful. Why not donate it or install it somewhere like Walt Disney did with the old Autopia and various other elements he did not use anymore.

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            Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

            Excellent article, Werner! I also enjoyed the mural, but I've never looked at it in close detail like your article did. I thought the mural and letters were pretty nice - my main problem with the DCA entryway was with the big sun icon. A medium-sized hunk of reflecting metal taking center stage? When other Disney theme parks had castles, Spaceship Earth and the Chinese Theater? Really really lame!

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            • #7
              Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

              Is there a picture of what the entrance looks like now? I must have missed this in a previous article.

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              • #8
                Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                Yes - just look in the article from Werner.

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                  Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                  Originally posted by BassBone View Post
                  You state there was a drive through tree in CA, but it doesn't exist anymore. That one may not exist, but there are several more extant in California as evidenced by this website: Big Tree Drive-Thru, Avenue of the Giants, California
                  Good point.

                  I made a minor edit to specify just Yosemite.
                  Werner Weiss
                  Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                    Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                    Originally posted by The Shadoe View Post
                    Are the tiles too fragile to be removed carefully, numbered, and installed elsewhere?

                    While environmentally sensitive, it doesn't seem like terrazzo is the best use for this one-of-a-kind mural. It *IS* beautiful. Why not donate it or install it somewhere like Walt Disney did with the old Autopia and various other elements he did not use anymore.
                    There is lead paint used in the tiles for purposes of durability. For that reason it's probably not safe to use and resell the tiles, but it is safe to use them in a sealed bit of flooring.
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                    • #11
                      Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                      I doubt that it is proper to say that the tunnel through the tree was for "automobiles" - more likely horse drawn carriages at that time, automobiles later.

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                        Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                        The ceramic mural at DCA was one of the few things I liked when the park opened. Could they have designed a more compelling entrance to the park? Probably. However, the colors were vibrant and the design was amazing. Its too bad it was at the entrance to "Disney's On-The-Cheap Adventure." Even if they had transfered the Victorian train station and berm to DCA, it wouldn't have hidden the fact that Disney had worked real hard to bring you the county fair with interesting facades.
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                        • #13
                          Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                          One of the better things about former DCA. Too bad it has to go...

                          Being born on Catalina, I was so thrilled to see the Casino in the tiles.

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                            Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                            Originally posted by funtobfree View Post
                            I doubt that it is proper to say that the tunnel through the tree was for "automobiles" - more likely horse drawn carriages at that time, automobiles later.
                            Good point. Although it served as an automobile tunnel as cars became popular, that was not the case in 1881.

                            Now the sentence simply reads, "The mighty sequoia was over 2,000 years old in 1881 when a 7-foot-wide tunnel was built through it as tourist attraction."
                            Werner Weiss
                            Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                              Re: December 3, 2010: The Largest Ceramic Mural in the World

                              Originally posted by The Shadoe View Post
                              Are the tiles too fragile to be removed carefully, numbered, and installed elsewhere?
                              Think of the little 4" x 4" ceramic tiles that you might have in your shower. They're cemented place and difficult to remove without breaking them.

                              Now imagine a mural that's not made of ceramic tiles, but of huge, oddly-shaped ceramic pieces, each several feet wide. They were cemented in place and not designed to be removed.

                              If the DCA entrance mural had been something that could be disassembled and reassembled somewhere else, I sure that would have happened.
                              Werner Weiss
                              Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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