William Hesthal | fresco | 10 feet by 10 feet
Intent on showing the effects of the New Deal on the stagnant economy of the 1930s, this artist
presents the symbols of the transportation of commerce: train and boat. At left center a train is
about to leave on a track which workers are clearing of the weeds of disuse. On the other side is
the hull of a boat at anchor during the maritime strike of 1934. In front of the boat is a seated
signalman peering round the corner, pipe in mouth, to see a worker at left.
The color tones here are dark and somber, suggesting cloudy weather in which unemployed workers
are resigned to patient waiting for some activity on wharf and track, land and sea.