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Interesting Murals Near Old Town San Diego, CA

Hello All,

I was walking west on Taylor Street the other day, walking from the bus/trolley area, and noticed these beautiful murals painted underneath the I-8 and I-5 overpass.

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This one honors the five branches of service.

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This one depicts the San Diego river.

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This one celebrates Old Town San Diego.

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This one depicts the Coronado Bridge.

I love how San Diego has so much street art around the city. Come check it out!

Thanks for walking with me!

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Public Art Work Along Mission Blvd.

Last week I decided to vary my usual boardwalk/beach walk with a stroll down Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA. I walked between W. Mission Bay Drive and Pacific Drive, taking photos of public art work on electric boxes, walls and the side of some buildings.  Here is my collection!  Come Walk With Me! For more detail, click on each picture to see it in full.

One electric box was covered with skateboarders:

I found two lovely ocean scenes:

Beach scenes were pictured on 3 different places:

I was delighted by these 4 scenes of Sea creatures and a beach bird:

And lastly, this lovely electric box adorned with Mermaids:

I hope you have enjoyed this art walk along Mission Blvd. If you are in the area, check it out!

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Love, katelon

More Chicano Park area photos.

All the photos I shared on my other Chicano Park post were taken on the Northeast side of National Ave. https://katelontjeffereys.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/chicano-park-barrio-logan-san-diego-ca/

These photos were taken on the Southwest side of National Ave.

These first 3 are of a beautiful mural on the side of a building on the corner of National and Dewey.

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I’m not sure if the murals on this side of National are considered part of the “official” Chicano Park murals or not, but I found them to be very striking and powerful so wanted to include them.

This one states “As I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of death, I fear no evil. Porque soy Chicano! (Because I am Chicano).

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Here are two murals featuring faces.

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There is a lovely sculpture featured in this fountain.

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At the west end of this area, at the corner of Newton and Dewey, there is a skate lane. One of the guys skating started talking to me and I told him about riding the first skateboards that came out, just a board on top of metal roller skate wheels.  I got that board while on vacation in San Diego as a kid. He offered to let me try his board but I felt too shy so didn’t take him up on it. You can see him in the distance in the skate lane photo. I watched the skaters for awhile and enjoyed seeing them ride up ramps and walls and put it all together in such a fluid and fearless motion.  Perhaps I’ll get another board at some point and learn again how to ride it.

Here’s a photo of the skate lane and also two murals representing skaters.

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Here are a couple wrap around murals.

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The Aztec theme is prevalent in the park murals.

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And finally…..even the utility box was colorful!  Here are two sides of it.

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The upcoming 46th annual Chicano Park Celebration will take place on April 23, 2016.  Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me. Come check out Chicano park for yourself…bring a picnic, a skate board, or energy for swinging on the swings and playing on the play equipment….or just walk around and admire all the beautiful art.

Chicano Park, Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA

Hello All!  A few weeks ago, I finally made it to Chicano Park. I had read about it in another wordpress blog, Cool San Diego Sights. The art work fascinated me.  I love art so wanted to see the outdoor murals but also since I grew up in Southern AZ, I’ve always been close to the Latino community.  I worked with Central American Refuges starting in 1986 and ending in near the end of 1997, so am sensitive to the plight of immigrants, and had been since childhood.
I hope that all who visit the area can check out this beautiful art work and feel all the dedication behind it.  The park has quite the history.  It arose out of the invasion of industry that took over Barrio Logan and ended with the San Diego Coronado bridge being built in the middle of the Barrio, leaving gigantic concrete support pylons and on ramps in its wake.  This is a great website that talks about the history, has photos of the various murals, more information and other links to go to as well.  http://www.chicanoparksandiego.com/history/index.htm
The park is now 7.9 acres and includes a skate park, playgrounds, picnic tables, various community buildings and the largest outdoor mural collection in the country.  On April 22nd every year, Chicano Park day is celebrated to commemorate the day the militant, but non-violent, people’s land take over that led to the city and state finally agreeing to let the community make something beautiful where this concrete monster had taken over their Barrio.
I took many photos so this subject will take two posts!
The first photo states “All the Way to the Bay”.   The Barrio used to extend all the way to the bay but then the bay was taken over by the Navy and defense industries.

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This mural states ” Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love” Che Guveara.

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The next two photos are part of the same structure.
This mural is titled “The Undocumented Worker”.  At the base it states : “A contemporary story through symbolism. Read the painting from the bottom to the top.  I. The immigration helicopters looking for the undocumented worker who is already a part of the landscape.  People are caught and put in boxes on display. II. The road and the fence. Two realities of movement: To be caught and eaten by the border guards (monsters) or to fall from the sun’s heat like Icarus. III. After crossing the border we possess two hearts. One on fire for the homeland. The other of water for the river. We are bodies without faces. Monsters and disaster follow us through the mountains. Our struggle turns to flames.  IV.  Change is not a dream. We can leap over history and monsters. Not even the stars are out of reach. V.  Barrios, walls and fences must be moved. Must be broken down. Between countries. Between people. Between neighborhoods.”

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Throughout the park there are images that reflect all the cultures that make up the Chicano culture.

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This next mural states ” The V in Barrio symbolizes victory over environmental conditions. ! Varrio Si Yonkes No! (yonkes is the word for junkyards, as junkyards took over the Barrio along with other industrialization) Represents the intent of our community to take back our environment from industry.  With the uplifting of the Barrio, the people as well must be uplifted, or the Renaissance is not complete.  Los Vatos Al Varrio.
This mural states it was painted in 1977 and gives the list of artists.

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This is another mural that shows the struggle of the immigrant worker and the fight for justice.  In the background you can see the Strength Thru Unity mural.

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This next mural states: “Ya Basta!  The schools are not teaching us.  Over 50% of us Chicanos are pushed out of school.  If we want to make it, we have to surrender our language.  They want to make us coconuts – brown on the outside and white on the inside.”

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Here’s  a very colorful one….Parque Chicano.

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The next one is a San Diego Community Project. It was created on 4-23-93 the day that Cesar Chavez died.  On the cross beams it states “Para Raza” and “Humana/Paz” and “Justica” and lastly ” We are not a minority”.  The mural also honors Chicano Park artist Roger Lucero 1953-1992. I took photos of two of the other sides and the cross beams.  One states “Stop the Violence”.

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This next mural was done by Lowell muralists on April 22, 1983.

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I’m not sure what group this next mural is depicting.  The link above leads to a full description of each mural and its artists.

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And lastly,  I’ll share the “Hasta La Bahia” mural.

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Here is a statue of General Emiliano Zapata, 8/8/1879 – 4/10/1919, who was instrumental in the Mexican Revolution.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me. While there I was walking around just wowed by the artists and the beauty they created within a mass of concrete.  I hope you get a chance to come check it out yourself. There are many more murals. I’ll be back with more photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southpark Neighborhood, San Diego, CA

I recently stayed in the South Park area of San Diego.  Growing up,  our San Diego trips consisted almost solely in Pacific beach, Mission beach, Mission bay, with brief trips to Old Town, Mission Valley for shopping, La Jolla for shopping, and rare trips to Tijuana for jai alai games.  What a treat and education it has been to stay all over San Diego county over the last several months, learn the freeways, short cuts, neighborhoods, stores, and flavor of all these places.  I love going more deeply into places, relationships, ideas…creating intimacy and understanding.

Here are some of the places and sights that caught my eye during my neighborhood walks:

This is a whimsical house I found and loved.  I don’t normally think of that word but met the owner and stated, “oh, your house is so” …..and the word whimsical came out.  He said he was a whimsical guy. I could see in his house and his furniture was also whimsical 🙂

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I loved the magic in these big unopened blossoms.

 

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These are murals on the side of the Albert Einstein academy, a charter school for higher achieving students.

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This is a view looking west, toward Balboa Park, on a bridge on 30 Street.

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I like the big rock columns and chimney on this probably 100 year old home.

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These were a mural on the wall of a neighborhood home.

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This was a cool mural on a wall, and it had a boulder placed in front of it that fit into the mural scenery and the landscaped yard…very cleaver and creative. Look beyond the bigger boulder with the dark purple plant in front of it, and you’ll see the smaller boulder sitting in front of the mural.

Mural with rock blending in

This was a very strange alley wall on a house. It is a working chalkboard you can write on. I didn’t take a picture of it but they had spray painted some dead and dried large plants in the flowerbed next to the sidewalk, in front of the house.  It was actually very dramatic and strangely lovely.

Side wall to house with chalk board

Hope you have enjoyed this walk with me!  Please share your thoughts and impressions, “like” the post if you do, and if you’d like to join me on more walks and tours, sign up to follow my blog via email, link on the side. You don’t have to be on wordpress to do so.

Photos by Katelon Jeffereys

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