Firewall at the Solana Beach Fire Department.

Every night, fire appears in front of the Solana Beach Fire Department. The mysterious wall of glowing embers near the fire station might surprise motorists driving down Lomas Santa Fe Drive. I walked past Firewall during the day and took these photos. The simulated wall of embers, that lights up after dark, is a very … Continue reading Firewall at the Solana Beach Fire Department.

An extraordinary Mercado del Barrio mural.

One of the most extraordinary pieces of public art in San Diego is small and seen by few. It’s located in Barrio Logan’s Mercado del Barrio, near the entrance to the Estrella Del Mercado Apartments. The beautiful mosaic mural, made of sculpted clay tiles and found objects, was created by Betsy K. Schulz in 2012 … Continue reading An extraordinary Mercado del Barrio mural.

Amazing mosaic wall at the Del Mar Library!

Walk down the sidewalk to the front of the Del Mar Library and you’ll suddenly stop in your tracks. That’s because your eyes will be captivated by the amazing Del Mar Mosaic Wall! The mixed media mural, created by artists Betsy Schulz and Pat Welsh with the help of community volunteers, was finished in 2003. … Continue reading Amazing mosaic wall at the Del Mar Library!

A walk down Solana Beach’s Coastal Rail Trail.

On Sunday I walked the length of Solana Beach’s Coastal Rail Trail, which runs along the east side of Highway 101. I was delighted to observe all sorts of colorful public art, beautiful flowers and trees, and even some unexpected poetry! My walk was from south to north: from Via de la Valle up to … Continue reading A walk down Solana Beach’s Coastal Rail Trail.

Sea-themed mosaics at Fletcher Cove and Overlook Park.

During my walk last weekend I headed from the Solana Beach Coaster station west a couple of blocks to Fletcher Cove Park. It was my intention to walk north along the ocean, then back east to Pacific Coast Highway. What I discovered as I neared the beach was incredibly cool. The ceramic sea-themed mosaics you … Continue reading Sea-themed mosaics at Fletcher Cove and Overlook Park.

Extraordinary new Old Town art honors Kumeyaay!

Extraordinary new public art has been unveiled in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park! Two benches in the park’s recently opened outdoor expansion, which is called Land of the First People, feature beautiful mosaics that honor the Native American Kumeyaay and the world of nature. Once you look at the following photographs, you’ll likely … Continue reading Extraordinary new Old Town art honors Kumeyaay!

Old Town State Park’s new Kumeyaay expansion opens!

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park’s major expansion has opened! The beautiful new outdoor area, situated at the north end of the State Park, near the intersection of Taylor Street and Juan Street where an old Caltrans building used to stand, is called Land of the First People. It honors our region’s Native American … Continue reading Old Town State Park’s new Kumeyaay expansion opens!

Kumeyaay and The Tracks We Leave Behind.

Over two years ago, when Cool San Diego Sights was relatively new, I blogged about some amazing public art near the Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego. I provided just a brief glimpse, really. The artwork, titled The Tracks We Leave Behind, created by Betsy K. Schulz in 2008, is so utterly fantastic, so … Continue reading Kumeyaay and The Tracks We Leave Behind.

A few cool sights around Mercado del Barrio.

Mercado del Barrio is a relatively new retail development on Cesar Chavez Parkway just south of downtown San Diego. It was designed to help revitalize Barrio Logan. You can find it situated near the base of the Coronado Bay Bridge, right next to Chicano Park. A number of very colorful murals add life to the … Continue reading A few cool sights around Mercado del Barrio.

Art at Santa Fe Depot shows San Diego history.

Check out this cool public art!  A series of beautiful, detailed scenes from San Diego history decorate ten columns just north of downtown’s Santa Fe Depot, where they can be viewed by trolley riders as they head toward Little Italy.  The handmade tiles which form the exquisite sculptural mosaics were pieced together by Betsy K. … Continue reading Art at Santa Fe Depot shows San Diego history.