Thomas Parker Emery - a local community college art instructor, mural painter, designer, and sculptor - was commissioned to
restore the March of Transportation murals painted by Juan Larrinaga in the Ford Building, which currently houses the San
Diego Air and Space Museum. This Collection includes materials related to the restoration and general information about the
San Diego Air and Space Museum.
The “Transportation Mural” was conceived by Orville Goldner and the prime artist, Juan Larrinaga, in September 1935 for the
California Pacific International Exposition when it was decided that the fair would run another year. While the Ford Company
pulled out of the exhibition the second year, they donated the structure and the building became The Great Hall of Transportation.
The Mural contained 281 single figures and 125 groups of figures. It was 18 feet high, excluding the border, and 468 feet
long. It was completed in six months.
0.44 Cubic Feet
one 12.5”x5”x10.25” box
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