If you ever driven down Catalina Boulevard in Point Loma, and wondered about some colorful public art on the façade of City of San Diego Fire Station No. 22, here are a few photos that you might enjoy!
These four vertical murals, together titled Firefighters, were created in 2018 by Roberto Delgado. Silkscreen and airbrushed porcelain tiles form abstract, layered images of Point Loma firefighters fighting fires in the community, at different times in history.
The artwork is based on historical and contemporary photographs. On the left, eyes can’t possibly miss the Old Point Loma Lighthouse! I also see a tall ship down in San Diego Bay, and what appears to be a tuna fishing boat. If you can discern more than me, leave a comment!
The fire station was dedicated in 2018, replacing an old station built back in 1942.
Just for fun, I also took a couple of photos with the electrical box directly in front of very cool Fire Station No. 22!
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2 thoughts on “Firefighters public art in Point Loma!”
I grew up about three blocks from Station 22. My sister and I walked in in the early 70s to report smoke coming from behind that food store over at Talbot and Catalina, and these were the guys who responded when a lady ran up to my door to tell me her car was fire. I called them directly (it was the pre- 9-1-1 era) then went out to deal with it… I was fresh out of the navy, where they turned young men into firefighters. Probably still do. No fire, it was just throwing clouds of steam, but they appreciated my quick response.
Enough of that, though. These guys were Ghostbusters for most of my youth. “Somethin’ goin’ on in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call?” Station 22, of course! A hard and dangerous job, but if they’re complaining about doing it, they keep it from the public well. You can’t pile enough adulation on these guys. Love the new building! Back in my day, you’d have done some jail time for painting on a public building like that. I think it looks great myself!
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Great story! Glad to hear from you! Firefighters are definitely heroes.
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