Moonlight Beach tribute bench to be unveiled

ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas will host a community unveiling of a new work of public art, titled “Moonlight Beach Tribute Bench,” at 10 a.m. March 3 at the Moonlight Beach Marine Safety Center, 400 B. St. Encinitas Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca will make welcoming remarks.

The Moonlight Beach Tribute Bench is a gift to the city of Encinitas by Peter and Sandy Mossy and their family in tribute to their son, John Peyton Mossy, who died in 2011. John was a Junior Lifeguard with the Marine Safety Division of the City of Encinitas.

The bench is located on the sand directly in front of the Marine Safety Center for enjoyment by the public and Marine Safety Division staff. It was designed by Stephen Dalton Architects, the firm that designed all three buildings at Moonlight State Beach.

The surface of the bench was designed by artist Betsy K. Schultz, and includes ceramics, shells, sea glass, stones, and sandblasted text, “Leave Footprints of Love and Kindness.” Working with hand-sculpted tiles and found objects, Schultz includes poems, historic information, and captions pressed into clay with antique letterpress letters or silk-screened onto tiles as glazes.

For more information, contact Arts Program Administrator Jim Gilliam at (760) 633-2746, or


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