The colorful outdoor murals of Chicano Park.

01 Artists paint image of Mexico on pillar in Chicano Park.
Artists paint image of Mexico on pillar in Chicano Park.

Chicano Park is located in Barrio Logan, a mostly Mexican American and immigrant community just south of downtown San Diego.  The eight acre park features almost a hundred murals painted on concrete pillars that support the intersection of the Coronado Bay Bridge and Interstate 5.  This colorful park, quickly glimpsed by motorists speeding down the freeway, contains the largest collection of outdoor murals in the United States.  It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its unique history with the Chicano civil rights movement.

I recently took a leisurely walk through the park and captured hundreds of photographs.  I’ve got so many pics, I’ve grouped them depending upon their location in the park. This blog post includes photos of murals I enjoyed while walking under the freeway ramps that connect the Coronado Bay Bridge to southbound I-5.

You’ll see a strange mixture of images in these murals: ancient Aztecs, indigenous peoples, workers, revolutionaries, school children, pop culture icons, scientists, politicians…and almost anything else you might imagine.  The diverse and often weird combinations seem to include one overarching theme: Mexican American empowerment.

The first photograph shows what I saw as I entered the park, walking up National Avenue from the south.  These artists were painting a pillar with an image of Mexico.

02 Colorful folk depicted in art on a freeway pillar.
Colorful folk depicted in art on a freeway pillar.
03 View of painted murals under ramps to southbound I-5.
View of painted murals under ramps to southbound I-5.
04 Chicano Power represented in art.
Chicano Power represented in art.
05 Figures in diverse costumes beneath a concrete jungle.
Figures in diverse costumes beneath a concrete jungle.
06 Elongated Aztec figure adds character to Chicano Park.
Elongated Aztec figure adds character to Chicano Park.
07 Hispanic culture comes alive on one side of a freeway pillar.
Hispanic culture comes alive on one side of a freeway pillar.
08 Latina with flag and raised fist in field of flowers.
Latina with flag and raised fist in field of flowers.
09 Vivid colors on concrete pillars supporting a San Diego freeway.
Vivid colors on concrete pillars supporting a San Diego freeway.
10 Weird faces and arms high above in the shadows.
Weird faces and arms high above in the shadows.
12 Primitive and abstract forms are plentiful in Chicano Park.
Primitive and abstract forms are plentiful in Chicano Park.
14 Folk throughout history like leaves on a tree of life.
Folk throughout history like leaves on a tree of life.
15 One of dozens of painted murals in San Diego's Chicano Park.
One of dozens of painted murals in San Diego’s Chicano Park.
16 La Tierra Mia is Spanish for My Land.
La Tierra Mia is Spanish for My Land.
17 More art that shows people close to the land.
More art that shows people close to the land.
18 Wild-haired figure holds up freeway with huge hands!
Wild-haired figure holds up freeway with huge hands!
19 A painted mosaic of symbols in Chicano Park.
A painted mosaic of symbols in Chicano Park.
20 Chicano art includes children and revolutionary with gun.
Chicano art includes children and revolutionary with gun.
22 Painted pillar supports ramp from Coronado Bridge to I-5 freeway.
Painted pillar supports ramp from Coronado Bridge to I-5 freeway.
23 Chicano Park has the largest collection of outdoor murals in the country.
The largest collection of outdoor murals in the country.
24 Latino pride, identity and empowerment made public in art.
Latino pride, identity and empowerment made public in art.
21 Mixture of images includes people demanding justice.
Mixture of images includes people demanding justice.
13 Native people frolic on a peaceful blue river.
Native people frolic on a peaceful blue river.

I’ve got a ton more pics, so stayed tuned in the days ahead!

Cool mural on Kippy’s building in Barrio Logan.

Huge mural on Barrio Logan Kippy's building.
Huge mural on Barrio Logan Kippy’s building.

I recently walked around Barrio Logan to take photos of street art, including the famous murals in Chicano Park.  During my fun adventure I passed this building.

I looked at Google Maps and believe this is or was the location of Kippy’s, a fashion design business that has a store in Coronado.

Corner of cool Barrio Logan Kippy's building.
Corner of cool Barrio Logan Kippy’s building.
Faces depicted on Kippy's building in Barrio Logan.
Faces depicted on Kippy’s building in Barrio Logan.
Cool Kippy's mural in Barrio Logan depicts Mariachis.
Cool Kippy’s mural in Barrio Logan depicts Mariachis.

Surreal images transform a Hillcrest sidewalk.

The heart's persistent eye stares out at the city.
The heart’s persistent eye stares out at the city.

An electrical transformer box on the sidewalk near Sixth and Robinson in Hillcrest has been painted with surreal images.  Here are several colorful pics!

Surreal image transforms a Hillcrest sidewalk.
Surreal image transforms a Hillcrest sidewalk.
Peace symbol, planet Earth, paintbrush and stars on side of Hillcrest transformer.
Peace symbol, planet Earth, paintbrush and stars on side of Hillcrest transformer.

Colorful street art in Mission Valley.

colorful dog breeds painted on utility box

Check out these two photos of utility boxes I spotted while walking to work today in Mission Valley.  They sit side-by-side a bit north of the San Diego River on a corner of Camino del Este.

The first box is painted in an amusing fashion with all sorts of dog breeds.  Looks like the artist was definitely a lover of canines!

beautiful flowers decorate a utility box

This second box is super colorful.  I’ve observed that flowers are often central elements in street art.  Perhaps people crave a bit of natural beauty in the concrete jungle.

Super colorful street art in San Diego.

super cool street art in san diego

Check out this cool photo! I captured some more dazzling street art in downtown San Diego, just west of the trolley tracks on Park Boulevard. I like the glassy shine of the eyes and the abundance of color. These fantastic characters seem to have emerged from a little girl’s dream. The right portion was painted by muralist Gloria Muriel, the Bunny Kitty character on the left is by Dave Persue.

A look at the cool mural looking north.
A look at the cool mural looking north.
Mural is on the wall of the hART Lounge.
Mural is on the wall of the hART Lounge.

A crabby waiter serves a surf monkey!

surf monkey in hillcrest is served by a crab

A boring old utility box in Hillcrest was transformed by an inspired artist into a colorful canvas. This fun example of urban art depicts a meditating monkey sitting by the surf, with white clouds and a volcano in the background. He’s being served a beverage by a crab!

More photos of amazing chalk art at Festa!

amazing chalk art looks like watercolor

I promised even more photos of the amazing chalk art creations at Little Italy’s 2013 Festa event. Many of these pics show artists at work, applying vibrant color to the drab asphalt of a downtown San Diego street. Enjoy these images!

a fantastic work of chalk art in little italy

andy warhol style mopeds as chalk art

Andy Warhol might’ve painted mopeds in this fashion!

artistic creations using chalk in little italy

artists at work at festa event in san diego

chalk faces at little italy's festa celebration

Expressive faces. This was one of my favorites!

classic figure and italian chalk art

classic italian chalk art at festa in san diego

exotic masks and faces in little italy's festa

I also love these exotic masks and faces!

neptune holds a thunderbolt over a ship

pinocchio appears on a san diego street

What could be more Italian than Pinocchio?

strange long fingers made of chalk

Even though it’s a bit creepy, I like this one. It really appeals to the imagination!

talented young lady is an excellent chalk artist

Among the talented artists were many young people. Impressive!

the minions tip the leaning tower of pisa

It seems the Minions had a sneaky, dastardly scheme. It was to tilt the Leaning Tower of Pisa!