North Park murals walk. Video: Nazima Ahmad, City Canvas

I’ve always been captivated by murals. They reflect the character of a place, and say something about the hopes, ambitions and daily preoccupations of its citizens. When my friends travel, they take pictures of churches and museum interiors. I take pictures of murals.

When shelter-in-place first started, I was craving some outside time. Going for drives and taking pictures of murals has become a great way to get outside and catch a glimpse of something bigger than my own four walls, while staying safe and considerate of others.

This then, is a tribute to the murals of North Park, San Diego. The murals gathered here are all within walking distance of each other, so the route makes for a great stroll when you feel the need to go outside and gain inspiration. Have a look at our video above if you want to see the route in action!

Homage to Alfred Hitchcock

Homage to Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Ann Piano & Art Institute of California

According to waymarking.com, this mural was sponsored by the (now closed) Art Institute of California – San Diego. The birds and spiral staircases seem to come from Alfred Hitchcock’s movies The Birds and Vertigo. 

The mural director is Detroit-native Grace Ann Piano. Grace is also known for her beautiful exhibitions in Barrio Logan and the Queen Bee Arts and Culture Center in North Park.

Location: 3820 Ray Street, San Diego, CA 92104

¡You Are Radiant!

¡You Are Radiant! by Channin Fulton. Photo: Artelexia

This mural is one of my all-time favorites because of its beautiful design, vibrant colors and positive message! It was created by the incredibly talented Channin Fulton, who is also responsible for the sunny and welcoming Hello Neighbor mural in Carmel Valley, San Diego. 

You can find this San Diego gem on the outside wall of the Mexican gifts shop Artelexia. If they are open, definitely don’t miss the chance to see their beautifully-designed interior and great range of gifts, arts and home decor items! They also have an exciting new Thursday afternoon farmer’s market on its way.

Location: 3803 Ray Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Ray Street Mural Series

The parking lot in front of California Tap Room has four great murals in one. The murals all celebrate women: they show a young woman sleeping in a meadow, a woman playing basketball at a beach-side parking lot, and two female faces – one covered in hearts and one in swinging 70’s style.

The panels are signed by Craig Hewitt, R. Martinez, Hillary Young and Rosie Scandurra, but I have not been able to track down more information about these artists.

Ps. If, like me, you are always hungry, try the fluffy pretzel dough balls at the Tap Room.

Location: 3800 Ray Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Pigment

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_p3rSSpcws/

The vibrant tints of pink on the wall of the quirky design and decor shop, Pigment, brightens up any photograph. This is a great one for a selfie. And Pigment is filled with beautiful hanging plants, jewelry, decor and clothes for the avid shopper.

Location: 3801 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Cat Cult

Cat Cult. Photo: UrbanArtSanDiego

This feline martial arts mural is apparently by a Los Angeles artist collective Cat Cult. Some of the cat-loving artists in the collective include Surge, Rios Toro, Rick Ordonez, Mike Alvarez, Leeroy, Thomas Stavnes, Nic Nak, and Bunny Kitty.

Location: 3038 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104

Dareski

This grungy collective mural work features the Gorrillaz, SpongeBob SquarePants and a host of other characters. Linger a while to discover all the different parts in this street art.

Location: 3068 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Love Where You Live

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs87V6lnos4/?hl=en

Kim Curran’s Love where you Live mixes casual graffiti with the neighborly welcome that makes North Park such a great suburb. 

Love Where You Live”  happened while Kim was anxious about her first solo exhibit. She finally decided to just paint from the heart and her “Love Where You Live” series was the result. Thanks Kim, your work brightens up the area!

Location: 3067 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104

Greetings from SAN DIEGO

Greetings from SAN DIEGO by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs, greetingstour.com.

There’s no need to be a tourist to send far-away loved ones a picture postcard. This ‘wall postcard’ was created by New York graffiti artist Victor Ving and Ohio photographer Lisa Beggs. The postcard features iconic images from around San Diego, including Ocean Beach Pier, La Jolla Cove and the Hotel del Coronado.

Fun fact

Partners Ving and Beggs have been traveling around the US painting these postcard-like murals for the past 5 years. The duo have completed over 40 murals in 20 states, and want to paint in all 50 states across America. They are also the team behind the Liberty Station mural, Greetings from US Naval Training Station.

Location: 4225 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Kreashun Project

https://www.instagram.com/p/n6LQ6WyrDY/

This mural is painted by the collaborative duo @montymontgomery and @jfeatherdesigns, who first met in one of the many coffee shops around North Park. Check out their other equally funky projects on Insta.

Location: 30th and Gunn, San Diego, CA 92104

Discover more

In the mood for more? @sandiegostreetdocument has an amazing archive of SD street art over on Instagram. Also check out some more great mural selections on Jennifer Rose‘s blog.

Besides the murals, North Park is also home to beautifully decorated electrical boxes.

Before you go

Enjoy this route with family, friends or furry companions. Remember to 

  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Take your camera!
  • Have a look at our video of the route if you want to know what to expect!

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