Sargent Johnson spent his career in the Bay Area; he was the first African American artist on the West Coast to achieve a national reputation. Johnson moved to San Francisco in 1915 to study painting, drawing, and his primary medium, sculpture. Here, though, you can see a partially completed WPA mural.
Behold Johnson’s incomplete mosaic on the balcony facing the San Francisco Bay. Originally commissioned with funds from the Federal Art Project for a publicly-accessible bathhouse, the building was ultimately leased as a private casino. When Johnson heard of these plans he walked off the job and the mural remains incomplete to this day, a small testament to an enduring artist’s legacy.