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Photo: Courtesy Sergio Mitrotti

A mural by artist and chef Sergio Mitrotti depicts the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The mural was commissioned by Senior Judge Helen Gillmor and is a remake of a 1940 painting by American illustrator Howard Chandler Christy.

It’s Mitrotti’s first commission and took three months to complete. It was “challenging because of the amount of detail,” says Mitrotti, whose vibrant frescoes also decorate his Café Sistina’s interior. At the restaurant, walls and ceiling spaces alike are covered in masterful re-creations of Michelangelo’s famous “Creation of Adam,” “Original Sin and the Banishment from the Garden of Eden,” and scenes from “The Last Judgement.” When asked if he would be open to doing other commissions, he replies, “Absolutely!”

The patriotic mural adorns a wall of the Aha Nonoi courtroom on the fourth floor of the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Courthouse and is open to the public for viewing. The courthouse, located on Ala Moana Boulevard, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitors are allowed to enter if there is a hearing going on in the courtroom, but are asked to remain quiet. When there are no hearings in the courtroom, it is usually locked, but staff will open it if visitors ask. Questions? Contact the courthouse clerk’s office at 541-1300.

 

 

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