A Guide to San Diego’s Best Street Art

With its sun-filled days and moderate climate, San Diego is a destination that’s terrific to visit, no matter the time of year. No wonder, then, street art plays a pivotal role in the city’s art and cultural scene. Below, these spots you can’t miss for vibrant, public creations that speak to all sorts of relevant issues, from class struggles to ocean erosion.

Chicano Park

This seven acre park perched beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan is home of approximately 80 colorful pieces of public art, some of which were decades in the making. Among the most striking is “Colossus” by street artist and self-proclaimed “artivista,” Mario Torero. It was created in 1975, and is a stirring reminder of the everyday struggles of minorities in America.

Sea Walls

Spanning Encinitas to Imperial Beach, this provocative collection of 18 street murals – they’re a collaboration between Cohort Collective, Surfrider Foundation, PangeaSeed Foundation, and several renown artists like Askew, Lauren YS, and Jet Martinez – addresses environmental issues such as whale and dolphin captivity, overfishing, and ocean erosion. Don’t miss Martinez’s vibrant work on the back of of Artist & Craftsman Supply’s building.

Murals of La Jolla

Through crowds have flocked to to see the Murals of La Jolla, a partnership between the La Jolla Community Foundation and The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, it’s the mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic, and oversized “One Pointed Attention” by Kelsey Brookes that’s impossible to ignore. After snapping your photo, let the soothing undulating waves calm your mind.


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