I love this place. The north wall is a fresco mural by the artist for whom the gallery is named; Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
So here is a view of his:
"The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City" - (1931)
Artist Rivera is depicted within the fresco - twice. He's the one with his back to us, seated on the scaffolding that appears to be 'outside' of the wall. He is working on the part of the fresco that depicts him - again with his back to us but 'within' the image! It is quite an illusion.
The fresco covers the entire wall to include the wood frame that appears to rise from the floor. Above the stairway is what appears to be a granite cut-stone plaque dedicating the fresco. It is also part of the fresco itself! I love that Rivera's humor and irony is reflected here in such exquisite detail.
This is one of four fresco murals that Diego Rivera created in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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