La Jolla Murals

I hadn’t planned to spend much time in La Jolla.  I had just spent a couple hours walking the beach at Torrey Pines and all I wanted was something to drink.  If you’ve ever been to La Jolla you’ll know that parking can be a challenge (especially free street parking)!   After taking an unplanned driving tour of the city I found a spot beside one of the murals.   A pleasant surprise.  A quick stop at Starbucks, and their wifi, to find an online map of the mural locations and I took to the streets (on foot, my tired legs!).  With a little additional help of a woman at the Visitor Info Center, I managed to find most of them.   They are predominantly printed on what looks and feels like plasticized canvas and then mounted on walls.   Many were in shadow but I may never get back so I did what I could.  Here are the photos:

below: ‘Opening’ by William Wegman, 2014

yellow mural on yellow wall.  In the middle of the mural it looks like a dog has poked a large hole in the canvas and he's sticking his head out and giving a forlorn look at the viewer.

Close up of the dog from yellow mural on yellow wall.  In the middle of the mural it looks like a dog has poked a large hole in the canvas and he's sticking his head out and giving a forlorn look at the viewer.

below:  ‘Applied’ by Richard Allen Morris, 2012

A mural on a wall - blobs of colour (ice cream?  paint?) on a light blue background.

below: ‘One Pointed Attention’ by Kelsey Brookes, 2014

a large mural of concentric circles of wavy lines, almost psychadelic  in nature.

a large mural of concentric circles of wavy lines, almost psychadelic  in nature on the side of a building that is partially obscured by a tree.

Close up of a large mural of concentric circles of wavy lines, almost psychadelic  in nature.   A blue and white handicap parking spot sign is in front of it.

below: ’53 women’ by Ryan McGinness, 2011

A few cars parked in a parking lot that has a very long mural titled 53 women because there are 53 women in the mural...  black background and abstract silhouettes of women in bright colours.  All naked, all women are one colour each - green, yellow, orange, blue, pink, purple

detail of Very long mural titled 53 women because there are 53 women in the mural...  black background and abstract silhouettes of women in bright colours.  All naked, all women are one colour each - green, yellow, orange, blue, pink, purple.  The women are doing different activites, yoga, running, sitting, etc

below: ‘at sea’  by Ann Hamilton, 2012

A very large mural in shades of greenish blacks and greys of a sailing ship at sea.

below:  Ooops, my apologies to the artist.

A large mural on the side of a white building.  Many fish in many colours are swimming around on a white background.   A small tree partially blocks the left side of the mural.

below: ‘Sexy Cash’ by Mark Bradford, 2015

A long horizontal mural on the side of a building.  Messy looking but there are a few large numbers and letters visible.

below: ‘The Shores’ by Catherine Opie, 2013

A large mural of a beach scene in washed out colours, soft focus, on the side of a building beside the parking lot in front of Quality Cleaners in La Jolla.

below: ‘Expecting to Fly (for the Zeros)’ by Fred Tomaselli, 2013

A large mural on the side of a building in La Jolla, a man is falling towards a lot of uplifted hands.  The man is painted with a number of jumbled up body parts.

below: ‘Tear Stains Be Gone’ by Jean Lowe, 2015

Large mural on a wall in La Jolla that looks like an ad for a product called 'Tear Stain Remover' with the slogan "Being human is hard but it doesn't have to look that way  And it only costs $14.99

below: ‘Girl from Ipaneme’ by Kim MacConnel, 2010 (painted on the wall)

Tall vertical mural of wavy stripes of colour on white background.  Red, blue, yellow, green and black stripes.  More than 2 storeys tall.

below: ‘Favorite Color’ by Roy McMakin, 2010 (colored tiles)

Wall of a building that has been covered with multicoloured square tiles

Wall of a building that has been covered with multicoloured square tiles

more about the Murals of La Jolla

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