Coastal Passage

Art Mortimer

The concrete facing around this pedestrian tunnel under the SR-91 Freeway in North Long Beach is painted to look like a tunnel through the hills and cliffs along the California coastline. On the left side, the rolling hills reveal a lake in the distance with a gazebo near the shoreline. On the right, the rocks and cliffs give way to a beach scene along the California coastline. The pedestrian tunnel allows children in the neighborhood to get from one side of the freeway to the elementary school on the other side. The 18′ x 92′ acrylic mural is a collaborative effort with tile artists Steve Elicker and Lesa Neal. The foreground bushes and trees on the left side and the highway guardrail on the right side are done in tile. Californa Transportation Authority Tunnel Wall



Additional Artist Details Contributing Artists: Steve Elicker and Lesa Neal; Assisted by youth assistants: Reba Diaz Castaneda, Henry Cruz, Jessica Foster, Mathew Clapham, Filiki Hackee, Tina Thorburn and 12 Youth Assistants

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Coastal Passage



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Address 2998 East 67th Way Long Beach, CA (get directions)

GPS Coordinates 33.8771, -118.15786

Location Name Orizaba Avenue Tunnel

Location DescriptionOn the tunnel facade connecting Orizaba Avenue & 67th Street

Long Beach Transit Bus Routes


Dimensions18 ft. x 92 ft.

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