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Balboa Park’s vibrant WorldBeat Cultural Center.

I love this park. i had visited it before this last year, but only briefly when in town on vacation and usually only going to the zoo. But last summer and fall, I explored it much more and find it quite delightful!

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Ancient Egypt inspires much of the vibrant mural. Ancient Egypt inspires much of the vibrant mural.

Folks heading up Park Boulevard beside Balboa Park often turn their heads as they pass the amazing, enormous mural painted on the side of the WorldBeat Cultural Center.

The WorldBeat Cultural Center, based in a former water tower, is a multi-cultural arts organization that promotes and preserves the African and indigenous cultures of the world through music, art, dance, education and technology. The center is also used as a venue for concerts and other special events.

Last Saturday I walked around the structure and took some pics of the huge, colorful mural. It completely spans the outside wall of the cylindrical building.

Front entrance of the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park. Front entrance of the WorldBeat Cultural Center in Balboa Park.

The WorldBeat Cultural Center is based in an old water tower. The WorldBeat Cultural Center is based in an old water tower.

A variety of bold faces gaze in every direction from the mural. A variety of bold faces gaze in every direction from the mural.

Fantastic images catch the eye of people passing on Park Boulevard. Fantastic images catch the eye of people…

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Murals from San Diego’s famous Chicano Park.

I’ve never been to this park in San Diego but it looks very interesting!

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Barrio yes, junkyards no. Barrio yes, junkyards no.

Here’s one last group of cool pics from Chicano Park. These photographs begin near the center of the park, then we move west under the Coronado Bay Bridge.

The junkyards referred to in the above photo used to be numerous in this area.

Mural makes political statement about immigration. Mural makes political statement about immigration.

Zapata quote in a high nook. Zapata quote in a high nook.

Chicano Park mural shows immigrants working in fields. Chicano Park mural shows immigrants working in fields.

Elaborate Aztec figure painted on concrete pillar. Elaborate Aztec figure painted on concrete pillar.

Various colorful images on a wall in Barrio Logan. Various colorful images on a wall in Barrio Logan.

Broom leans up against mural of students in school. Broom leans up against mural of students in school.

Virgin Mary and shrine at foot of Chicano Park mural. Virgin Mary and shrine at foot of Chicano Park mural.

Murals under lanes leading to Coronado Bay Bridge. Murals under lanes leading to Coronado Bay Bridge.

Central dance pavilion in Chicano Park. Central dance pavilion in Chicano Park.

Ceiling of dance pavilion shows natives from Tenochtitlán. Ceiling of dance pavilion shows natives from Tenochtitlán.

Female figure on beautiful ceiling of dance pavilion. Female figure on beautiful ceiling of dance pavilion.

A series of murals on pillars supporting traffic lanes. A series of murals on pillars supporting traffic lanes.

Bronze statue of the Mexican revolutionary soldier Emilio Zapata. Bronze statue of the Mexican revolutionary soldier Emilio Zapata.

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