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We've Survived the Apocalypse, Now Enjoy These Mayan-Inspired Mosaics

Encinitas residents know Terry Weaver's mosaic work from him manhole covers around town. These Mayan-inspired pieces have been hanging in his mother's home in La Mesa since 1984.

The Mayan calendar might have ended, but that didn’t seem to bring about the “Mayan Apocalypse.”

Now that we’re all still here, we can appreciate the finer things in life, such as these Mayan-inspired mosaics, created by Terry Weaver.

You might have seen Weaver’s mosaics throughout topping manhole covers in Encinitas.

Here is the story of the mosaics, as told by Weaver:

In 1984, Terry was in Santa Barbara taking classes at SB City College.  He took a trip on the train to Del Mar Station to visit his folks in Encinitas.  He noticed an article in the paper about an art exhibit at Balboa Park of the Mayan and Inca Traveling Art and Gold Exhibit.  At that time, the Exhibit was selling "coloring books" of the Mayan Characters or Gods, entitled "A Coloring Book of Incas, Aztecs and Mayas" by Bellephron Books. Three particular images in that book caught his eye and in a garage in Santa Barbara he began to make all three images into mosaics. Terry was known as a "student dumpster diver" at the tile stores, and used anything that he could find to complete all 3 mosaics.  Those three Mayan Mosaics still to this day are hanging on the wall in his Mother's home in La Mesa, CA.

Terry, who now lives in Maui, was watching the History Channel which featured a documentary about the Mayan Gods.  The show focused on the 6th Tablet and its message about the ending of an era on 12/21/2012 (The world as we know it). As the show continued, it referenced the god who had sent the message relayed to the tablet, and the god they displayed was one of the mosaics Terry had made in '84 of the God Kukulkan also know as Quetzalcoatl - The Wind God.

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