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Long Beach History Mural

Long Beach History Mural

pictures on 03-25-16: ‘A history of Long Beach’ completed in 2003 by Art Mortimer is located on the side of the 710 freeway off ramp at 6th st. The mural depicts Long Beach city’s early beginnings,early settlers and landowners of the mid-20th century. The mural is painted in a realistic style and depicts portraits of […]

Overcoming Barriers

Overcoming Barriers

The powerful imagery represents the hardships immigrants face when crossing over to the U.S. Through the perspective of the immigrant the viewer travels through the story of the panoramic mural. The left side of the mural shows the crossing of the border into a promised land with fortune and new opportunities. The right side of […]

Expand your mind with Science

Expand your mind with Science

‘Expand your mind with Science’ mural is located at Washington Middle School by Artist Richard Brandt, and students from Washington. The collaborative mural showcases historical pioneer scientists such as Albert Einstein and illustrates topics students have learned in class such as Biology, Geology and Astronomy. The interactive mural inspires students daily.

Smiles of Paradise

Smiles of Paradise

A collaboration between artist Guillermo Avalos and the students at Edison Elementary school, assisted by Brooks Davis and Victor Lamas. This mural is located at 7th Street and Maine Avenue on the south side of 7th and North side of Edison school. The cheerful landscape illustrates children of unique backgrounds exploring and playing among the […]

California Heights

California Heights

This vibrant 12 x 46 foot mural depicts this thriving California Heights neighborhood at the Turn of the 20th Century. Mortimer, who is collaborating with the California Heights Neighborhood Association, recruited local elementary and high school students to assist with plotting and painting the mural. The mural depicts the rich agricultural heritage and ethnically diverse […]

The Train Has Left the Station

The Train Has Left the Station

The Train Has Left the Station memorializes the importance of trains in the development of Long Beach. The sculpture is a replica of the front end of a Red Car train that ran from Long Beach to Los Angeles until 1961. It is located in the recently expanded Orizaba Park on the former Pacific Electric […]

Mobile Art

Mobile Art

Mobile Art, by John Banks, is a linear sculpture that changes its visual identity as one moves around it. From one view it is readable as text and from other views it is abstract. The abstract sculpture made of turreted pipe is approximately 8′ tall. The new entry plaza at McBride Park is an ideal […]

Urban Totems

Urban Totems

This pair of freestanding totemic sculptures create a distinctive pedestrian gateway for the corridor. The steel, mixed media mosaics feature hand-cut tiles of ceramic, vitreous and cast glass and stone. Red: 10’H x 3’W x 2’D Blue: 10’H x 4’W x 2.5’D

Concert for the Wind

Concert for the Wind

The artist team of Alber and Luna De Matteis crafted this imaginative metal canopy that covers a bench ornamented with tile mosaics, creating a unique gathering space featuring decorative hardscape and amenities.

Playing Chase

Playing Chase

The installation features colorful figurative sculptures of running children, whimsically playing off the namesake of this pocket park and the theme of recreation.

Bob Lee Memorial 1 & 2

Bob Lee Memorial 1 & 2

Painted steel panels and a large freestanding portrait pay tribute to longtime Long Beach resident, Bob Lee.. The art elements are integrated into the existing “Kaleidoscope” bus shelter and sign.

Rosa Parks Park

Rosa Parks Park

The rose serves as a visual theme for the Rosa Parks Park. The artwork consists of an 8′ x 5′ perforated iron panel with added color. Pictured on this panel, nestled in the roots of a “Heritage Tree” is a portrait of Rosa Parks. This panel is central to the public bus plaza. In addition, […]