PUBL I C
From street art to
works of art can be found
all over San Diego
This eight-acre park in Barrio Logan
houses the county’s largest collection of
public murals and was recently designated a National Historic Landmark.
The park sits under the Coronado Bridge
freeway overpass and is dotted with
huge concrete pylons, which local artists used as their canvas during a time
of community activism in the ’70s. The
colorful murals depict stories from Aztec
mythology, images of Chicano civil
rights leaders and homages to Mexican
artists, such as Frida Kahlo.
More than 120 galleries, artist studios
and workshops reside in this expansive dining and cultural center in Point
Loma, which was repurposed from an
old naval base. There are fine artists,
jewelry makers, woodworkers, painters,
digital artists and more. Meet the artists
during the Friday Night Liberty open
house event on the first Friday of every
month from 5 to 9 p.m.
CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Look for 18 quirky pieces of modern
art and sculpture in the public Stuart
Collection on the university’s campus.
Don’t miss Fallen Star, a crooked house
perched atop the Jacobs School of Engineering; trees that talk and sing in the
eucalyptus grove near Geisel Library;
and the bear constructed from boulders
in the engineering school’s courtyard.
Several internationally acclaimed artists
have left their mark on San Diego’s streets.
See Shepard Fairey’s mural of a monk on
30th and Ivy streets in South Park, Pedro
Alonzo’s Don’t Believe the Hype on Horton Plaza’s parking garage on G Street,
and Madsteez’s mural of a monster riding
a dinosaur on Ray Street in North Park.
But street art isn’t confined to central San
Diego; there are two dozen murals throughout La Jolla, too. Instagrammers love the
Favorite Color tiled wall on Eads Avenue
and Blah, Blah, Blah on Prospect Street.
Visit muralsoflajolla.com to locate them all.
basileIE and CM Curatorial
This new dual art space near Chicano
Park regularly hosts exhibits by top
local artists. Visit during the Barrio
Art Crawl on the second Saturday of
every month for special events.
Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery
Chang was a photographer for Surfing
Magazine for 25 years. See his award-
winning images of oceans around
the world in Solana Beach and at The
Headquarters at Seaport Village.
This small gallery in La Jolla regularly
showcases urban and pop art from both
emerging and established artists.
FALLEN STAR, STUART COLLECTION,
UC SAN DIEGO