MORE stuff outside Comic-Con with 2 days to go!

Rampage George has arrived on a truck bed near the Omni and Petco Park for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Rampage George has arrived on a truck bed near the Omni and Petco Park for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

We’re down to just two days until the official start of 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

My last blog post titled 2018 Comic-Con getting ready in high gear! included a huge number of photos that I took while walking around the Gaslamp, Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center on Sunday and Monday.

Well, today is Tuesday, and this morning I discovered lots more cool stuff popping up!

Equipment for the Conan O'Brien show during Comic-Con is being moved into the Spreckels Theatre.
Equipment for the Conan O’Brien show during Comic-Con is being moved into the Spreckels Theatre.
Snoopy graphics on the windows of Bubbles Boutique transform it into the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop!
Snoopy graphics on the windows of Bubbles Boutique have transformed it into the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop!
A photo of construction progress at The Good Place near the Tin Fish.
A photo of construction progress at The Good Place near the Tin Fish.
Petco Park's Whiskey Cavalier wrap is still being applied.
Petco Park’s Whiskey Cavalier wrap is still being applied.
This wrap on Petco Park showing Nathan Fillion promotes the ABC show The Rookie.
This wrap on Petco Park showing Nathan Fillion promotes the ABC show The Rookie.
Getting a tree ready at the Experience at Comic-Con, near the Sacred Lies activation.
Getting a tree ready at the Experience at Comic-Con, near the Sacred Lies activation.
Marvel's Cloak and Dagger will also be at Experience at Comic-Con.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform will also have a cool activation at Experience at Comic-Con.
A photo from behind the Cloak and Dagger structure.
A photo from behind the Cloak and Dagger structure.
The cool Legion structure is being finished at FXhibition.
The unusual Legion structure is being finished at FXhibition.
FXhibition also includes a cool graphic depicting Archer Danger Island.
FXhibition also includes a cool graphic depicting Archer Danger Island.
It appears the courtyard area next to the Hilton Bayfront will be used to promote Mayans MC.
It appears the courtyard area next to the Hilton Bayfront will be used to promote Mayans MC.
In the FOX section behind the convention center, small rooms have appeared featuring Family Guy and The Simpsons.
In the FOX section behind the convention center, small rooms have appeared featuring Family Guy and The Simpsons.
Yikes! The Griffin home is on fire!
Yikes! The Griffin home is on fire!
Walking along the bayfront toward the Adult Swim offsite two days before the official opening of 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Walking along the bayfront toward the Adult Swim offsite two days before the official opening of 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Rick sculpture stands over a miniature golf hole.
Rick sculpture now stands over a miniature golf hole.
Looks like the archery range of Adult Swim State Park.
Looks like the archery range of Adult Swim State Park.
Bandai is building a castle-like structure on Marriott's Marina Terrace.
Bandai is building a castle-like structure on Marriott’s Marina Terrace.
Some cool Bandai figures are now being set up at their offsite.
Some awesome Bandai figures are now being set up at their offsite.
SDCC2018 exhibitors and fans are arriving in San Diego.
SDCC2018 exhibitors and fans are arriving in San Diego! Two days to go!
The Mellow Tiger Bar occupies part of Hulu's Castle Rock offsite.
The Mellow Tiger Bar will occupy part of Hulu’s Castle Rock offsite.
The Castle Rock bed and breakfast is getting a paint job!
The Castle Rock bed and breakfast is getting a paint job!
The New Children's Museum has yellow Syfy umbrellas and signs ready, including one for the Human Claw Machine.
The New Children’s Museum now has yellow Syfy umbrellas and signs ready, including one for the Human Claw Machine.
Comic-Con paintings by the artist Suzka can be found inside Simon's Cafe, just north of the Jack Ryan Experience. This piece is titled The Joker Card.
Comic-Con paintings by the artist Suzka can be found inside Simon’s Cafe, just north of the Jack Ryan Experience. This piece is titled The Joker Card.
One guy wearing cammies is relaxing at Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience offsite.
One guy wearing cammies is relaxing at Amazon’s Jack Ryan Experience offsite.
Looks like Kenny died yet again outside the South Park escape room.
Looks like Kenny died yet again outside the South Park escape room.
That big slide at Dead Quarters will be mounted here.
That big slide at Dead Quarters will be mounted here.
Taco Bell was getting their Demolition Man pop up ready in the Gaslamp. Nacho fries will be served.
Taco Bell was getting their Demolition Man pop-up ready in the Gaslamp. Everyone smiled for some free publicity! Nacho fries will be served.
A couple of building wraps promoting Disenchantment on Netflix are being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel.
A couple of building wraps promoting Disenchantment on Netflix are being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel.

UPDATE!

More stuff is appearing early Tuesday afternoon as 2018 San Diego Comic-Con rapidly approaches! Enjoy these brand new photos!

I'm not sure I'd want to buy a plane ticket from these nice ladies.
I’m not sure I’d want to buy a plane ticket from these nice ladies.
I wonder if there is an arrival time? NBC show Manifest has all sorts of cool graphics in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel.
I wonder if there is an arrival time? NBC show Manifest has all sorts of cool graphics in the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel.
A new Star Trek Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit will be inside the Michael J Wolf Fine Arts gallery in the Gaslamp.
A new Star Trek Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit will be inside the Michael J Wolf Fine Arts gallery in the Gaslamp.
A sneaky peek inside the Star Trek Discovery offsite before it opens on Thursday.
A sneaky peek inside the Star Trek Discovery offsite before it opens on Thursday.
Purge City is setting up at the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park.
USA Networks’s Purge City store is setting up at the Padres Team Store, in the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park.
That big black thing will be the screen of a huge Dell laptop. I learned people will be able to interact with an LED image using arrow keys.
That big black thing will be the screen of a huge Dell laptop. I learned people will be able to interact with an LED image using arrow keys.
A Mr. Mercedes wrap is being applied to the entrance side of the Omni Hotel.
A Mr. Mercedes wrap is being applied to the entrance side of the Omni Hotel.
The History wrap on Petco Park this year promotes Project Blue Book.
The History wrap on Petco Park this year promotes Project Blue Book.
I was told this is the head of the Iron Giant! A huge Iron Giant sculpture will be placed atop the building at Sixth Avenue and L Street, where the Ready Player One activation will be during Comic-Con.
I was told this is the robot torso of the Iron Giant! A cool Iron Giant sculpture will be placed atop the building at Sixth Avenue and L Street, where the Ready Player One activation will be during Comic-Con.
Pushing an old school arcade game along the sidewalk.
Pushing an old school arcade game along the sidewalk.
Rotten Tomatoes has their own location at Comic-Con this year, right next to the Hard Rock Hotel.
Rotten Tomatoes has their own location at Comic-Con this year, right next to the Hard Rock Hotel.
Mr. Mercedes advertised on something less than a Mercedes.
Mr. Mercedes advertised on something less than a Mercedes.
A good photo of one Disenchanted wrap now on the Hard Rock Hotel.
A good photo of one Disenchanted wrap now on the Hard Rock Hotel.
AT&T's Mr. Mercedes offsite is getting ready in the Gaslamp on Tuesday afternoon!
AT&T’s Mr. Mercedes offsite is getting ready in the Gaslamp on Tuesday afternoon!

ANOTHER UPDATE!

Here come pics that I took late Tuesday afternoon!

I spotted the legs of Iron Giant near the Ready Player One offsite!
I spotted the legs of Iron Giant near the Ready Player One offsite!
The Mobile Esports Touring Arena is set up over the kids' baseball field in Park at the Park.
The Mobile ESports Touring Arena is set up over the kids’ baseball field in Park at the Park.
A huge banner on the Marriott Gaslamp promotes Star Trek Discovery.
A huge banner on the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter promotes Star Trek Discovery.
Taco Bell is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie Demolition Man.
Taco Bell is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie Demolition Man.
Various NBC posters have been placed about the Gaslamp trolley station.
Various NBC posters have been placed about the Gaslamp trolley station.
The Good Place offsite is getting a paint job!
The Good Place offsite is getting a paint job!
More graphics have appeared at the entrance to the DC Universe Experience.
More graphics have appeared at the entrance to the DC Universe Experience.
That slide and a building have materialized inside Dead Quarters.
That slide and a building have materialized inside Dead Quarters.
And so has an armored SWAT vehicle! The undead can't be far away now!
And so has an armored SWAT vehicle! The walking dead can’t be far away now!
Rampage George looks disinterested in this human.
Rampage George looks disinterested in this nearby human.
Petco Park's Whiskey Cavalier wrap is done.
Petco Park’s Whiskey Cavalier wrap is done.
The Rookie wrap is almost done.
The Rookie wrap is almost done.
At FXhibition, I saw a graphic for American Horror Story on some sort of structure.
At FXhibition, I saw a graphic for American Horror Story on some sort of structure.
Lots of colorful graphics have popped up in the grassy area in front of the Hilton Bayfront.
Lots of colorful graphics have popped up in the grassy area in front of the Hilton Bayfront.
Here are some more.
Here are some more.
People can sit in front of a green screen at the Cosmos activation. Perhaps they'll fly through space. I don't know.
People can sit in front of a green screen at the Cosmos activation. Perhaps they’ll fly through space. I don’t know.
As I walked past, the Camp Store at Adult Swim State Park was being stocked.
As I walked past, the Camp Store at Adult Swim State Park was being stocked.
Helmets are ready for the crazy canoe races!
Helmets are ready for the crazy canoe races!
Flagship's California Spirit is being transformed into the IMDb yacht.
Flagship’s California Spirit is being transformed into the IMDb yacht.
The Mayans MC wrap on the Hilton is now complete.
The Mayans MC wrap on the Hilton is now complete.
Logos are on the fence around The Experience in San Diego, which I've been calling the Experience at Comic-Con. I had read that somewhere.
Logos are on the fence around The Experience in San Diego, which I’ve been calling the Experience at Comic-Con. I had read that somewhere.
Here's what you can expect each day during Comic-Con at The Experience in San Diego.
Here’s what you can expect each day during 2018 Comic-Con at The Experience in San Diego.
Looks like DC Comics will be serving Wonder Woman Golden Lasso caramel and vanilla ice cream!
Looks like DC Comics will be serving Wonder Woman Golden Lasso caramel and vanilla ice cream!

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Welcome to Earth and Imperial Beach!

An astronaut gives a Hang Loose hand signal as he hovers near a satellite high above planet Earth!
An astronaut gives a Hang Loose hand signal as he hovers near a satellite high above planet Earth!

Head into Imperial Beach along Palm Avenue and you’ll be treated to colorful art!

Here are some photos that I took yesterday!

A very cool space mural on one side of the AT&T building on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. By artists Todd Stands and Dave Frink.
A very cool space mural on one side of the AT&T building on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. By artists Todd Stands and Dave Frink.
As drivers head west down Palm Avenue, a mural featuring a gray whale welcomes them to Imperial Beach.
As drivers head west down Palm Avenue, a mural featuring a gray whale welcomes them to Imperial Beach.
Art on fence between Palm Avenue and the old salt ponds of south San Diego Bay, now part of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve.
Art on fence between Palm Avenue and the old salt ponds of south San Diego Bay, now part of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve.
One side of the AT&T building at 13th Street has colorful, spiritual jellyfish that seem to communicate electrically!
One side of the AT&T building at 13th Street has colorful, spiritual jellyfish that seem to communicate electrically!
The mural on the front of the AT&T building includes a big whale.
The mural on the front of the AT&T building includes a big whale.
And lots of super colorful shore birds.
And lots of super colorful shore birds.
Beautiful public art welcomes visitors to Imperial Beach.
Beautiful public art welcomes visitors to Imperial Beach.
Another whale in the mural.
Another whale in the mural.
A pod of dolphins swims across an electrical box.
A pod of dolphins swims across an electrical box.
More beautiful street art.
More beautiful street art.
I spotted a couple of native Eastern Pacific green sea turtles across Palm Avenue near 12th Street!
I spotted a couple of native Eastern Pacific green sea turtles across Palm Avenue near 12th Street!
Carly Ealey painted Cosmic Tides in Imperial Beach for Pangeaseed's Sea Walls Murals for Oceans.
Carly Ealey painted Cosmic Tides in Imperial Beach for Pangeaseed’s Sea Walls Murals for Oceans.

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Superhero sand sculptures in Imperial Beach!

Superman enters a phone booth. When he comes out, who will he become?
Superman enters a phone booth. When he comes out, who will he become?

Today I headed down to Imperial Beach to enjoy the Sun and Sea Festival. The annual summer event is famous for its popular sand sculpture contest near the pier. You might’ve seen photos I took in past years.

In 2018 the theme for the sand sculpture competition was Superheroes In The Sand.

A big crowd turned out on a sunny summer Saturday in Imperial Beach to enjoy the annual Sun and Sea Festival.
A big crowd turned out on a sunny summer Saturday in Imperial Beach to enjoy the annual Sun and Sea Festival.
Cool comic book cover! A surfer wears a cape for the 2018 Sun and Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. The original sandcastle competition!
Poster looks like a comic book cover! A surfer wears a cape for the 2018 Sun and Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. The original sandcastle competition!
A big sand sculpture near the event's entrance greets one and all to the Sun and Sea Festival.
A big sand sculpture near the event’s entrance greets one and all to the Sun and Sea Festival. That caped hero seems to be holding a surfboard.
I found my first superhero on the beach. It's Wonder Woman!
I found my first superhero on the beach. It’s Wonder Woman!
Here's a tribute to a young superhero. A young lady named Angela had her wish made true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Here’s a tribute to a young superhero. A young lady named Angela had her wish made true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Titans Collide, a sand sculpture by the Sculpintures. Thanos and Hulk are ready to do battle.
Titans Collide, a sand sculpture by the Sculpintures. Thanos and Hulk are ready to do battle. I hope Thanos doesn’t have that gauntlet on.
Hulk is finally angry and ready to smash.
Watch out Thanos! Hulk is finally really angry and ready to smash.
The Coastal Carvers were creating the IB Bears. I'm not sure how exactly this fits with the superhero theme.
The Coastal Carvers were creating the IB Bears. I’m not sure how exactly this fits with the superhero theme.
Howie's Crew was creating Gotham City out of sand. I see the Bat Signal and the Bat Cave!
Howie’s Crew was creating Gotham City out of sand. I see the Bat Signal and the Bat Cave!
And I see Wayne Manor, too!
And I see Wayne Manor, too!
Scooby Doo is a superhero, right? The Guardians of the Sandlot had scenes from that favorite cartoon. Here's the Mystery Machine!
Scooby Doo is a superhero, right? The Guardians of the Sandlot had scenes from that favorite cartoon. Here’s the Mystery Machine!
And here's something scary! It's probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker cleverly disguised as a monster. Just my wild guess.
And here’s a super scary creature! It’s probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker somehow cleverly disguised as a big monster. Just my wild guess.
According to the San Diego Sand Castles, you don't need a cape.
According to the San Diego Sand Castles, you don’t need a cape.
Wonder Woman has no cape, nor She-Ra.
Wonder Woman has no cape, nor She-Ra.
Working on sand art celebrating She-Ra. You'll see why, shortly.
A local guy working on sand art that celebrates She-Ra. You’ll see why, shortly.
Heroes gathered in Imperial Beach the week before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A variety of heroes gathered in Imperial Beach the week before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Archisand was crafting a sandcastle fantasy and a beautiful face.
Archisand was crafting a sandcastle fantasy and a beautiful sleepy face.
There were sand sculptures on either side of the Imperial Beach Pier. Lots of surfers out today, too.
There were sand sculptures on either side of the Imperial Beach Pier. Lots of surfers out today, too.
Sandytales was creating Dreaming, an imaginative sand sculpture with another sleepy face and whimsical castle.
Sandytales was creating Dreaming, an imaginative sand sculpture with another sleepy face and whimsical castle.
Here's the castle and a smile. Creating that looks like fun!
Here’s the castle and a smile. Creating that looks like fun!
Team Sandstorm was creating something just north of the IB Pier.
Team Sandstorm was creating their sand sculpture just north of the IB Pier.
Forever Heroes. It's a big Purple Cross.
Forever Heroes. It’s a big Purple Cross.
Spheres are sculpted to become helmeted war heroes.
Sand spheres are sculpted to become helmeted war heroes.
Many heroes behind the medal.
Many heroes behind the medal.
The Sandcastle Man Team is creating a fantastic Star Wars setting.
The Sandcastle Man Team was creating a fantastic Star Wars setting.
A sand sculpture rendition of a distant world. Rebels and Resistance.
A sand sculpture rendition of a far distant world. Rebels and Resistance.
The I.B. Posse created a new chest emblem for Superman. It features a firefighter's helmet.
The I.B. Posse created a new chest emblem for Superman. It features a firefighter’s helmet.
Superman entered the phone booth in my very first photo . . . then emerged as a true hero firefighter!
Superman entered a phone booth in my very first photo . . . then emerged as a true hero firefighter!
Here are some hero lifeguards.
Here are some hero lifeguards.
Why do a number of local sand artists favor the heroine She-Ra?
Why do several local sand artists like the heroine She-Ra?
This sculpture by the San Squirrels honors a former member. I believe her name was Shera. Her surviving brother works with sand for the first time.
This sculpture by the Sand Squirrels honors a former member. I believe her name was Shera. Her surviving brother works with sand for the first time.
My Heroes, by the I.B. Family Posse, has Batman and Spiderman ready side by side.
My Heroes, by the I.B. Family Posse, has Batman and Spiderman ready side by side.
A kid is surrounded by Superman and other imaginary superheroes. He wears a fireman's helmet.
A kid is surrounded by Superman and other imaginary superheroes. He wears a fireman’s helmet.
My Heroes.
My Heroes.

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Photos of tour inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego!

Dozens of amazing stop-motion puppets can be viewed inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!
Dozens of amazing stop-motion puppets can be viewed inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!

Wow!

If you thought last year’s Laika Experience at Comic-Con was great, you’ll be absolutely stunned by LAIKA LIVE San Diego in 2018!

Not only are there lots of detailed puppets, models and scale movie sets, but during the tour visitors can meet and talk to an actual working armaturist and an animator! Anyone interested in how Laika produces their films can ask any sort of question, and the friendly guys explain everything–from how puppets, their armatures and costumes are created and manipulated, to how scenes are conceived and filmed.

Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego also get a preview of the upcoming funny and heartwarming movie Missing Link.

If you can, visit this Comic-Con offsite before Comic-Con actually begins and the lines get really, really long.

Here are some photos. Read the captions for more info. I’m no expert, so I hope I’ve described things correctly.

There’s a lot more to see than what I cover here. Many detailed displays that visitors can view during the tour explain the complicated process of making a Laika movie!

Before beginning the tour, visitors can pose with various Laika characters, like Other Mother, for a photo.
Before beginning the tour, visitors can pose with various Laika characters, like Other Mother, for a photo.
While we wait to begin the tour, we watch a video explaining various aspects of Laika's animation and how their fantastic movies are produced.
While we wait to begin the tour, we watch a video explaining various aspects of Laika’s animation and how their fantastic movies are produced.
Visitors are encouraged to vote for this LEGO model of Coraline's house by photographing a QR code. Given enough votes, LEGO will produce the kit!
Visitors are encouraged to vote for this LEGO model of Coraline’s house by photographing a QR code. Given enough votes, LEGO will produce the kit!
A board contains Laika fan art and letters.
A board contains Laika fan art and letters.
Examples of one letter and some fan art.
Examples of one letter and some fan art.
Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego get character fans as free swag.
Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego get character fans as free swag.
The tour has begun. First up we see a large model of Coraline's Other World House Exterior, or Pink Palace. The 1/16 scale miniature was used to film several exterior scenes.
The tour has begun. Here we see a large model of Coraline’s Other World House Exterior, or Pink Palace. The 1/16 scale miniature was used to film several exterior scenes.
A closer look, with models of Coraline characters on the porch.
A closer look, with models of Coraline characters on the porch.
A friendly LAIKA Armaturist describes how puppets are made, manipulated and repaired at his workstation, dubbed the Puppet Hospital. He answered every sort of question!
A friendly LAIKA armaturist describes how puppets are made, manipulated and repaired at his workstation, dubbed the Puppet Hospital. He answered every sort of question!
Two of the puppets, I believe from ParaNorman.
Two of the puppets, I believe from ParaNorman.
A look at the Puppet Hospital and some of the tools used to make, modify and repair Laika's many puppets.
A look at the Puppet Hospital and some of the tools used to make, modify and repair Laika’s many puppets.
Once a puppet's physical posture is slightly altered, a key tightens up the armature for another camera shot.
Once a puppet’s physical posture is slightly altered, the turn of a key tightens up the armature for another camera shot.
Next we see how this Laika Animator captures images of Kubo on a small set of his village using a camera on a running rig.
Next we see how this Laika animator captures images of Kubo on a small set of his village using a camera on a running rig.
One camera shot is observed.
One camera shot is analyzed.
Software allows many frames to be merged and edited into a completed film.
Software allows many frames to be merged and edited into a completed film.
Some puppets have many faces that can be attached, each with a slightly different expression.
Some puppets have many faces that can be attached, each with a slightly different expression.
The tour continues to a large set that is being used to film Laika's upcoming funny movie Missing Link. The detail of the Pacific Northwest forest is extraordinary.
The tour continues to a large set that is being used to film Laika’s upcoming funny movie Missing Link. The detail of the Pacific Northwest forest is extraordinary.
The friendly LAIKA tour guide poses for a fun photo!
The friendly LAIKA tour guide poses for a fun photo!
Near the end of the tour, there is a life-size replica of Coraline's Other World Living Room.
Near the end of the tour, there is a life-size replica of Coraline’s Other World Living Room.
A fantastic model and puppets used in the filming of The Boxtrolls.
A fantastic set and puppets used in the filming of The Boxtrolls.
More cool sights during an amazing tour of LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!
More cool sights during an amazing tour of LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!

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Four beautiful sculpted faces in Balboa Park.

A beautiful sculpture in the Balboa Park Club building. Four Cornerstones of American Democracy,1935, by artist Frederick Schweigardt.
A beautiful sculpture in the Balboa Park Club building. Four Cornerstones of American Democracy,1935, by artist Frederick Schweigardt.

Today I took my usual Sunday walk through Balboa Park. On a whim I ventured into the Balboa Park Club to see if many people were folk dancing, and I paused inside the grand foyer to once again admire the room’s monumental mural and central sculpture.

The latter is called Four Cornerstones of American Democracy. It was created by Frederick Schweigardt in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition. Each graceful figure represents one of four ideals.

While I’ve walked past this sculpture many times, today I was really struck by the simplicity of the four bowed faces. They convey both beauty and strength.

If you want to see more of the grand foyer, and learn a bit about its history, I blogged about it a couple years ago here.

School.
School.
Home.
Home.
Church.
Church.
Community.
Community.

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More fun artwork discovered around Coronado!

Marilyn Monroe of Some Like It Hot, filmed at the Hotel del Coronado, in colorful new street art. Art Outside the Box features painted utility boxes around Coronado.
Marilyn Monroe of Some Like It Hot, filmed at the Hotel del Coronado, in colorful new street art. Art Outside the Box features decorated utility boxes around Coronado.

As I walked around Coronado before the big Fourth of July parade, I noticed all sorts of cool public artwork I’d never seen before.

Most notably, a whole bunch of utility boxes have recently been jazzed up with images that represent the life and history of Coronado. The project, called Art Outside the Box, is sponsored by The City of Coronado Cultural Arts Commission and Caltrans. I photographed two of the eight boxes. I suppose I’ll swing by the other six some other day.

I also saw a couple of cool public restroom trailers that the City of Coronado uses during special events. I’m not sure how many of these exist, but I do recall seeing one years ago during a walk near the Hotel Del and Coronado Shores. It didn’t occur to me to photograph that one back then!

The two trailers I spied today at either end of Spreckels Park celebrate Coronado’s railroad history and the fun Tent City carousel, which today makes its home in Balboa Park.

Finally, I got some photos of a public piano that had been set up in Rotary Plaza. A plaque on it suggests that people passing by Sit a Spell and Play a Tune! It’s covered with images of Coronado landmarks.

Very cool!

Forgive me for being ignorant and not recognizing this face. If you know, leave a comment!
Forgive me for being ignorant and not identifying this face. UPDATE! Sharon left a comment indicating this is Jim Morrison. He lived in San Diego as a child and his parents lived in Coronado.
And I don't recognize this person, either!
And I can’t identify this person either! UPDATE! Sharon identified this as Bela Lugosi! He performed in San Diego, but I can find no Coronado connection…
Art Outside the Box celebrates Coronado's zip code 92118.
Art Outside the Box celebrates Coronado’s zip code 92118.
Surf breaks on a utility box. Coronado is not a true island, even if it's almost entirely surrounded by water.
Surf breaks on a utility box. Coronado is not a true island, even if it’s almost entirely surrounded by water.
Several public restroom trailers used during city events each celebrate a different aspect of Coronado history.
Unusual public restroom trailers used during city events each celebrate a different aspect of Coronado history.
Sign describes the history of Coronado's railroads. John D. Spreckels built a line that went up the Silver Strand, bringing passengers to the Hotel del Coronado and Tent City.
Sign describes the history of Coronado’s railroads. John D. Spreckels built a line that went up the Silver Strand, bringing passengers to the Hotel del Coronado and Tent City.
Graphic on restroom trailer shows the faces peering from a streetcar that ran along Orange Avenue to the original ferry landing.
Graphic on restroom trailer shows the faces peering from a streetcar that ran along Orange Avenue to the original ferry landing.
All aboard!
All aboard!
Another restroom trailer features images from Coronado's historic carousel at Tent City.
Another restroom trailer features images from Coronado’s historic carousel at Tent City.
The old Tent City carousel moved away from Coronado in 1922. Today it offers rides to young and old alike in Balboa Park!
The old Tent City carousel moved away from Coronado in 1922. Today it offers rides to young and old alike in Balboa Park!
The carousel was built in 1910 by the Herschell Spillman Co. builders in North Tonawanda, New York.
The carousel was built in 1910 by Herschell Spillman Co. in North Tonawanda, New York.
Sign describes the golden age of carousels and the history of one beloved merry-go-round that lives on in San Diego.
Sign describes the golden age of carousels and the history of one beloved merry-go-round that lives on in San Diego.
Another photo of the trailer.
Another photo of the trailer.
If these images seem familiar, you might have seen them in Balboa Park, where the historic carousel provides rides today!
If these images seem familiar, you might have seen them in Balboa Park, where the historic carousel provides rides today!
A cool public piano had been placed in Rotary Plaza during Coronado's Fourth of July Celebration.
A cool public piano had been placed in Rotary Plaza during Coronado’s Fourth of July Celebration.
Sit a Spell and Play a Tune!
Sit a Spell and Play a Tune!
The public piano is decorated with memorable images from around Coronado.
The public piano is decorated with memorable landmarks found around Coronado.
A look at the top of the piano.
A look at the top of the piano.
One more side of the Popcorn utility box. Orville Redenbacher was a resident of Coronado!
One more side of the Popcorn utility box. Orville Redenbacher was a famous resident of Coronado!

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Lingering in sunlight at the edge of an ocean.

Today I found myself walking through Coronado.

The sunshine was strong. I settled on a bench facing a margin of white beach and let my mind wander.

I and many others were sitting, relaxing, playing, speaking, thinking, soaking in one more summer at the edge of an ocean. A canvas of wide blue unrolled into the distance. Tiny glints of light beckoned from very far away.

My eyes were drawn irresistibly to a mystery beyond the horizon.

As our eyes rise to peer beyond life’s ebb and flow, we drift to strange places beyond our reach.

My photographs have been altered slightly. You might recognize Point Loma, Mexico and the small, rocky Coronado Islands that jut from the ocean a bit southwest of Tijuana.

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