The mystery of the “Surfing Madonna” mosaic mural in coastal North County has quickly unraveled.
Last week art conservators from Los Angeles came down on the city of Encinitas’s dime to see how the contraband mural, which went up suddenly on a train bridge one day in April, could be removed without being destroyed. They found it was affixed more securely than they thought. (Union-Tribune)
At the top of the mosaic, hidden from street view, they also found letters that read “ARK PATTERSON.” So it wasn’t long before a Leucadia artist named Mark Patterson stepped forward Wednesday, sending a letter through an attorney to the city, which has deemed the piece illegal and said it must come down, offering to help remove it. He also spoke publicly about his vision for the piece, to remind all who see it to work to save the ocean.