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Batik Art from Filper Room, Cruess Hall

Three batik cloth panels, depicting motifs from California agriculture, were installed in 1968 in the conference room in Cruess Hall, the former home of the Department of Food Science and Technology. The construction was financed by the contributions of the Filper Corporation  (Filice and Perrelli) in San Ramon, in memory of one of its founders, the late Gennaro A. Filice, Sr. Filice and Perrelli was a canning company, and Filper Corporation developed peach-pitting equipment.  The artist's name is unknown.  The batik panels still exist, although decades of sunlight have badly eroded their material.  These pictures were (presumably) taken at the time of their installation, and we are posting them courtesy of UC Davis Special Collections so all can share in their beauty.  The panels depict motifs from California agriculture.  You can see more FST history here