Public Art in Mira Mesa

I started a public arts project with the help of community leaders and local artists around 2010.  This project took place in a neighborhood I grew up in San Diego to beautify the streets by painting electrical boxes and here are a few of  my favorite contributions.  (That’s me)

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This is a bookshelf across the street from the public library.  “My” public library.

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This was one in the inner neighborhoods and I painted the local wildflowers in the design.

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This large power box was in between three schools and I thought it would be a good idea to put an art history/educational kind of theme here.

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This was a fun one for the middle-school that it was in front of.  I was jazzed when I saw kids sitting and chillin in front of it the next day after I painted it.

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Two smaller electrical boxes across from each other and in between the busy Mira Mesa blvd.  I wanted to make a homely subtle romantic feel with these because sometimes art needs a flair of drama.

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This was done with the help of my friend Aaron Thom and it’s in front of a seafood market.   The image was of Thailand where he and his dad is currently living now.

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This was done on and for fourth of July at the park.  Some kind elderly lady brought me some food and we chatted for a little, it was nice.

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I made this fireplace closer to the residential  areas on Black Mt and Gemini.  Saw a lot of old friends in their cars honking and saying hi, I guess this road gets pretty busy.

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This one was up briefly on MM blvd and was painted over.  I still felt like a cool guy because I finished this in one go in the hot sun.

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Helped the Parks and Rec get this box to recede a little when they made this new park by the freeway.

There are many other contributions that were from other artists that I was happy to direct which creates a mix of vibrancy in the public scene of Mira Mesa that was never there before.

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Duties:

Besides beautifying the whole town there was a lot of other work and the painting was the funner part.  First I had to do meetings in front of different groups of people to present ideas and or sketches for public art. I conducted meetings with local artists and went to various schools within the town. I rallied high-school art teachers and gained volunteer student artists as well. I maintained a face-book account to spread awareness of our project so as to let people know what we were doing was a good thing for the town (because the police kept being called). I kept in contact and collaborated with city people about getting certain permits. I had to appraise, repair, manage, and sometimes I got to paint my own art. I supervised and coordinated volunteers for the painting of public art and we would sometimes have 3 to 20 depending on the day. Some of the art would become vandalized and I would have to repaint (fix) or completely paint over those public works. Besides painting on electrical SDG&E boxes we painted murals for the elementary schools and helped paint the rec center among other things.