Margaret Fowler Garden and Oratory
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From the Guide to the Scripps College Campus:
The Margaret Fowler Garden and Oratory is "one of the College's most delightful places." The garden is "laid out in two distinct sections: the western areas has a central pool and four walkways extending in the cardinal directions like many Christian monastery and Islamic courtyard gardens that recreate the 'Garden of Eden.' While the eastern end has a Mediterranean-style tiled wall fountain and open flagstone area for receptions. Located west of the pool is Scripps Professor (1939-1965) Albert Stewart's 'Eternal Primitive,' . . . It is a modern complement to the ceramic bas relief of the 'Virgin and Child' located just outside the Oratory, designed by the Wallis-Wiley Studio of Pasadena."
"On the south side of the wall of Margaret Fowler Garden are murals by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, often called the 'Father of the Mexican Mural Movement of the 20th century.' In 1929, Martinez and his family moved to Los Angeles for medical reasons, and he received commissions to paint murals in Santa Barbara, Hollywood, and La Jolla. In 1937, Scripps Professor (1932-1963) Millard Sheets organized an exhibition on campus of Martinez's works. Scripps College commissioned Martinez in 1946 to create this extraordinary mural, 'The Flower Vendors,' his most ambitious project. He sketched in the entire composition on the plaster wall, which is over 100 feet long, and then began work on several panels. Unexpectedly, be became ill and died on November 8, 1946, at the age of 72. As Scripps College Professor Mary Davis MacNaughton'70 has noted, 'The unfinished mural, whose large stylized figures reveal Martinez's interest in Pre-Columbian glyps, Byzantine mosaics, and the Tahitian paintings of Paul Gauguin, remains a lasting monument to the importance of the Mexican mural movement and its impact on art in Southern California.' The entire mural was analyzed and conserved in 1994 with a grant from the Getty Endowment."