Thursday, April 18

P is for Public Art #atozchallenge

It takes artists and a community that supports the arts to make a town more interesting and beautiful to live in.  For several years now I've been admiring the painted utility boxes throughout Capitola and the Santa Cruz area.


I love this sunflower one with character in every flower.





This one inspired by old advertising posters is outside the local Safeway:



My favorites though are those by local artist Bruce Harman.  He won a competition in May of 2009 and ended up getting to paint eight around and near the Capitola Mall.  They all have a Monterey Bay theme.




Detail of his Sea Bass
Love the colors in each stroke!


And one can't do Monterey Bay without a Sea Otter!

I did spot a surprisingly plain green one on one of our main drags just this past week.  I don't know how it got missed, but it's a blank canvas for someone!




For a few more photos check out this UC Santa Cruz post.


How does your community support the arts?



3 comments:

  1. What a neat idea to brighten up the town! Omaha, NE has large silos all painted up when you cross the bridge back into Iowa...they're so cool!

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  2. oh those are great! that is something I miss about CA! all the local art

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  3. I always love art sitings! Though when I was in California many years ago, there was a big controversy about of them. Santa Monica had paid an artist for a sculpture and he put up these giant rusted fishing weights on a stand. If memory serves, they were upset because it didn't look like much compared with what they spent.

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