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Napa in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Ars Longa Vita Brevis

(Life is Brief But Art Endures)

 
 
Ars Longa Vita Brevis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015
1. Ars Longa Vita Brevis Marker
Inscription.
Historic Events in Napa History

Alan Sheep's historical mosaic reveals the Napa Valley's role in the epic of the American West. The work of art captures the essence of the Napa Valley story, its glories and its tragedies.
"The Glories" of the Valley's evolution are represented by images of Native American culture, the Spanish conquest, the eras of Mexican domination and early homesteaders. The mosaic also depicts the development of agriculture within the valley, which at times included livestock, wheat, prunes, grapes and wines, brought to market by horse, train and boat. The Hispanic, American and Chinese communities all played vital roles in this development. These glories survive in our institutions, laws, culture and historic building.
"The Tragedies" include the elimination of the Napa tribe of Wintum Indians by smallpox and harassment. Actions of some residents led to the burning of Napa's Chinatown and support of Klu Klux Klan measures directed against Chinese, Catholic, Jewish and African Americans. These tragedies lie buried in dusty books
Brining the past to light, Alan Sheep's mosaic fountain will help create a more hopeful future.

The Living River

The mosaics beneath the waterfall reflect the flora and fauna living in the Napa
Ars Longa Vita Brevis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015
2. Ars Longa Vita Brevis Marker
River. The several varieties of fish and fowl survive within the environs of sunken boats, wagon wheels and other vestiges of land based civilization. The mosaic show the downtown reach of the Napa River.

The Riparian Habitat

The circular mosaics on the plaza depict some of the native fish, fauna and animals living in the Napa River or its riparian habitat.
 
Erected by Napa River Inn.
 
Location. 38° 17.783′ N, 122° 16.949′ W. Marker is in Napa, California, in Napa County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 Main Street, Napa CA 94559, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Napa River (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant William W. Murphy (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatt Building 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); Silo Building 1932 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hay Barn 1959 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hatt Building 1893
Water Fountain Mosaic image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2015
3. Water Fountain Mosaic
(within shouting distance of this marker); A. Hatt Buildings 1884 & 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); Banner Warehouse 1862 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napa.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the building opposite the silo base.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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