San Diego kids paint beautiful tile benches.

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Here’s the right side of a tile bench painted by San Diego school kids. Check out my previous post for the left side and a brief explanation.

I love to sit on these fun tile benches near the Maritime Museum of San Diego and gaze out at the water. I have a weakness for this sort of inexcusable, lazy inactivity. Oh, well. Loafing wide-eyed on a sunshiny day is my personal definition of exciting urban living!

One of many benches featuring tiles painted by children.
One of twelve benches featuring tiles painted by school children.

Here are more photos of the colorful benches along this stretch of the Embarcadero…

Celebrating the Big Bay, June 2004. Funded by The Port of San Diego.
Celebrating the Big Bay, June 2004. Funded by The Port of San Diego.
Lots of sun, beach and happiness.
Lots of sun, beach and happiness.
Kid artists contributed to many tile benches along San Diego's waterfront.
Kid artists contributed to tile benches along San Diego’s waterfront.
Many students chose to paint sailboats out on the Pacific Ocean.
Many young students chose to paint sailboats out on the Pacific Ocean.
One of many tiles, painted by one of many hands.
One of many tiles, painted by one of many hands.
Some young artist made a silly fishy face that I really like!
Some young artist made a silly fishy face that I really like!
That big green fish is longer than that sailboat!
That big green fish is longer than that sailboat!
Globs of color add a bit of variety to many fun images.
Globs of color add a bit of variety to many fun images.
Cool artwork produced by a young local student.
Cool artwork produced by a young local student.
Two happy figures seem to jump above flowers.
Two happy figures seem to jump above flowers.
Unique face of warm sun is appropriate in beautiful San Diego.
Unique face of warm sun is appropriate in beautiful San Diego.

Art tiles painted by children decorate San Diego.

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Along the Embarcadero near the Maritime Museum of San Diego you’ll discover a great walkway at the edge of the bay.

One can look straight down at gentle water lapping wood pilings, see small fish darting below like silver points of light, watch lesser terns wheeling in the sky and diving, see black cormorants hunting underwater like feathered submarines…and gracefully soaring pelicans, and sailboats racing, and a blue sky, and huge ships coming in carrying cars from Asia, and airplanes landing at Lindbergh Field, and a glittering downtown skyline nearby, and the distant lighthouse on Point Loma…

You get the idea. It’s an extremely interesting stroll at any time of the year!

Along the walkway, twelve colorfully tiled benches await those who’d like to sit. The tiles were painted by many local K-6 student artists in 2004, Celebrating the Big Bay, in partnership with the Port of San Diego and the San Diego Children’s Museum.

The benches contain pictures of the ocean, fish, fantastic sea creatures, gulls, whales, ships, mermaids, palm trees, and happy, smiling stick figure people, as envisioned by artistic children with a paint brush.

The above photograph shows the left end of one bench.

Below, someone fishes nearby…

Fishing on the Embarcadero.
Fishing on San Diego’s Embarcadero.
A painted tile in a bench on San Diego's Embarcadero.
A painted tile in a bench on San Diego’s Embarcadero.
A red fish just swimming along in blue bubbles.
A red fish just swimming along in blue bubbles.
A tropical fish with long spotted green fins.
A tropical fish with long spotted green fins.
A very nicely rendered seahorse and colorful flowers.
A very nicely rendered seahorse and colorful flowers.
Beautiful work of art created by a local child.
Beautiful work of art created by a local child.
Creativity is splashed all over these tile benches.
Creativity is splashed all over these tile benches.
Eye-catching abstract design painted by youth.
Eye-catching abstract design painted by youth.
Fantastic tile artwork produced with many colorful painted dots.
Fantastic tile artwork produced with many colorful painted dots.
Here's a green mermaid jumping rope atop the blue ocean!
Here’s a green mermaid jumping rope atop the blue ocean!

Sexy sand sculpture pirate on the Embarcadero!

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This morning I strolled down to San Diego’s always dynamic Embarcadero before the late August heat and rare humidity became unbearable. I wanted to get pics of the 2013 U.S. Sandcastle Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exhibition out on the B Street Pier.

Unfortunately the event hadn’t opened yet, and all I could snap was this awesome (and sexy) lady pirate sculpture in front of the Cruise Ship Terminal. If it cools down tomorrow or Labor Day, perhaps I’ll check out the many amazing sand sculptures and other artwork!

Stylish mural on San Diego’s Cruise Ship Terminal.

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Check out this stylish piece of art decorating the south side of San Diego’s Cruise Ship Terminal on the B Street Pier. The Trompe-L’oeil Mural painted in 2005 by artist Joshua Winer definitely has personality! I like how a bunch of stools have been randomly grouped next to the mural–as if they’re part of the scene! It’s a shame nobody was perched on one!

I considered cropping out the security camera at the top of the photo, but didn’t. It adds a somewhat disturbing dimension to the colorful bit of innocent nostalgia.

Here are some pics I took at a later time…

The lively Cruise Ship Terminal mural includes an elephant!
The lively Cruise Ship Terminal mural includes an elephant!
Part of the fun mural shows fishermen with a big catch.
Part of the fun mural shows fishermen with a big catch.
Standing back a bit to provide a little context.
Standing back a bit to provide a little context.

A splash of colorful art in Mission Valley!

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Here are a couple more photographs of the beautiful Our River mural just north of the San Diego River, east of Mission Center Road.

San Diego contains many examples of fantastic outdoor urban art, and I hope to document many of them on this blog. Stay tuned for all sorts of colorful surprises and fun!

Colorful mural on parking lot wall near Carl's Jr.
Long, very colorful mural on parking lot wall near Carl’s Jr.

More photos from the ribbon of life mural.

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Here are more photographs that I took of the wonderful mural Our River, which depicts a sinuous blue ribbon of life, symbol of the San Diego River.  The long blue ribbon is held up and cherished by those who live along it. The flowers, tree, cloud and happy children give this fine example of public art amazing vitality. The surprising parking lot mural contains joy from one end to the other!

Two figures hold up the long blue ribbon of life.
Two figures hold up the long blue ribbon of life.
Small portion of the Our River mural in Mission Valley.
Small portion of the Our River mural in Mission Valley.
A figure from the extensive Our River mural.
A figure from the extensive Our River mural.
Happy faces at the beach on an outdoor mural.
Happy faces at the beach painted on an outdoor mural.

Ribbon of life mural by the San Diego River.

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Here’s a photograph of one small section of the very colorful mural that can be found on the north side of the San Diego River, just east of Mission Center Road. The mural, Our River, decorates a long wall along the parking lot below Carl’s Jr. This great example of meaningful public art depicts the river in the form of a long blue ribbon, being held by many diverse San Diegans representing every walk of life.

This is a good place to begin a walk along the river, heading east. Shady trails run along either side of the river, offering surprisingly peaceful and beautiful views of the rippling water, green trees and assorted wildlife, including pelicans, cormorants, herons, egrets, ducks and seagulls. And you’ll see passing red trolleys, too!

A project of the San Diego River Park Foundation.
The beautiful Our River mural was a project of the San Diego River Park Foundation, completed on April 5, 2009. The artist was Andrea Arroyo.