Public Mosaics by Steve Farley seen at Los Angeles County Fire Station 150, Santa Clarita - Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch

"Keeping Watch" (ceramic with Terrazzo flooring; 2012) is artist Steve Farley's tile mural and terrazzo artwork for the entrance lobby at Los Angeles County Fire Station #150, and is a tribute to those keeping watch over the Santa Clarita Valley.

The piece includes a conceptual aerial map (14’ x 14’) on the station floor made of crushed marble terrazzo. The map details the area’s main arterial roadways in yellow and the Santa Clara River in blue. The arteries of the human heart overlay the map in red, representing the firefighters' commitment to protecting the health and heart of the community. Fire Station 150's location is indicated by a red fire helmet (taken from the official seal of the Los Angeles County Fire Department), and a pointer arrow in the lower right hand corner indicates which way is north on the map.

A glazed ceramic photographic tile mural covers the north facing wall (9’ x 14’) with an image of a firefighter watching over the Santa Clarita hills. Depicted from behind, he is meant to represent all firefighters past and present.