Elaine Wittert Marienthal, 1966, School of Dentistry, UCLA.
Text from plaque: Story of the Mural. The mural was inspired by the ultra-structural design of a minute section of human dental enamel, viewed through the powerful eyes of an electronic microscope. (Calcification in biological systems, AAAS, 1960). The enamel of teeth is the hardest of all biological tissues. Its mineral building blocks are basic to many objects of beauty and health, being found in shells, pearls, tusks, ivory skeletons and skulls. Similar components can cause disease and pain when found in kidney stones, gall stones and other calcareous deposits on teeth, bones and hardened arteries.
Mrs. Elaine Wittert Marienthal, the artist, used over three tons of clay in the ceramic mural. It is mounted in concrete like a king sized jig-saw puzzle. The ten by twenty foot mural is the artist's interpretation of "apatite," calcium salt crystals, enlarged nearly three million times. This imaginary magnification symbolizes a scientific no man's land that is still opening new horizons in basic research to help man concquer illness and ignorance. Reidar F. Sognnaes, DMD, Dean, School of Dentistry, Center for the health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966.
Photographs courtesy of Dr. Victoria Steele.