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Exploring Art in South Bay

Discover the hidden treasures

Experience dramatic sculptures, beautiful art, murals and more that capture the passion of the local artistic residents and the spirit of neighborhoods like Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, San Ysidro, and Port of San Diego Bayfront. San Diego's South Bay has some notable compelling art worth seeing.

Sculptures, Murals & a Downloadable Map

  1. James Hubbell - Sea Passage, 2005 - Sculpture/Fountain

    Location: Glorietta Bay Promenade - 1845 Strand Way, Coronado

    This art piece and sculptural element, commissioned by the City of Coronado, was designed to connect the City Hall building and the Community Center building. The sculpture's form reiterates the sense of understated coast line of both the bay and the ocean.
  2. Mario Torrero - Spirit of the City

    Location: Gateway Building - Third Ave. & H St., Chula Vista

    Painted in a graffiti-like style, this mural is located on the exterior wall of a garage complex. The urban setting is an ideal location for this piece. The artist worked closely with a group of students to develop the vision behind Spirit of the City, which seeks to capture the essence of Chula Vista.
  3. Daniel Stern - Handstand, 2012 - Bronze Sculpture

    Location: Coronado Community Center - 1845 Strand Way, Coronado

    This piece by actor-artist Daniel Stern provokes a sense of fun, surprise and good cheer for residents and visitors. Stern, who may be best known for his role in the movie "Home Alone," continues to act but has created many sculptures that have been exhibited around California. Before Coronado, Handstand was part of the San Diego Unified Port District's Urban Trees art program.
  4. Frank Mando - Seahorse Tree, 2012 - Sculpture

    Location: Glorietta Bay Promenade - 1845 Strand Way, Coronado

    Inspired by snorkeling adventures, the artist created a marine fantasy with a seahorse gracefully floating over seagrass. Seahorse Tree reminds us of the wonders beneath the sea.
  5. Kim Ogburn - Sea Level, 2009 - Copper Sculpture

    Location: Coronado Boat House/Club Room - 1985 Strand Way, Coronado

    The Sea Level copper sculpture is an above- and belowwater portrayal of a kelp forest, with a natural shape of curving lines and forms. The copper was new and shiny when the sculpture was constructed, but with time, the salt water influence has caused the copper to take on a dark red patina highlighted with veins of light green.
  6. Victor Ochoa, Cean Cornwall, Neal Hill,  and Armando Nuñez -  El Quinto del Sol

    Location: South Chula Vista Library - 389 Orange Ave., Chula Vista

    Located in the children's reading area of the South Chula Vista Public Library, this playful mural represents the bond of friendship. The mural is a wonderful kaleidoscope of colors, and the dream-like patterns conjure images of hope and a prosperous future for the children of Chula Vista.
  7. Miriam Newman - Jugando, 1986 - Bronze sculpture

    Location: Memorial Park 373 Park Way, Chula Vista

    The Spanish title of this piece translates as 'playing.' A fine example of craftsmanship, this sculpture offers a realistic representation of motherhood. Since both figures lack individual features, this bronze allows for universal interpretation and emphasizes the importance of family, particularly the bond between mother and child.
  8. Richard Becker - Ring of Fire

    Location: Fire Station 34 - 343 East 16th St., National City

    This sculpture by Richard Becker entitled Ring of Fire was commissioned in April of 2007.
  9. Morgan Square Public Art

    Location: Between 801 and 901 National City Blvd., National City

    See public art in this beautiful district surrounded by historic homes. The second oldest city in San Diego County, National City has a rich cultural history. Morgan Square is a tribute to Kile Morgan, the founder of the National City Mile of Cars and Mayor from 1966-1986.
  10. Doug Snider - Seaside Seating

    Location: 3299 Tidelands Ave., National City

    Seaside Seating is on display in Pepper Park alongside the Sweetwater Channel, with a pleasant view of San Diego Bay and the activities along the working waterfront. This family-friendly destination has picnic areas, a playground, and a boat launching ramp.
  11. Alber De Matteis - Le Bateau Ivre

    Location: 3201 Marina Way, National City; National City and the Port of San Diego

    The area includes the beautiful sculpture backdrop of an ancient sailboat hull reflecting National City's shipping and sailing past. This sculpture overlooks the 250 slipped vessels. The sculptor, Alber De Matteis, said that when he conceived of the artwork he imagined what it was like for sailing ships in the 1800s and he wanted to convey a sense of adventure and inspiration with the work.
  12. Malcolm Jones - Surfhenge

    Location: Imperial Beach Pier Plaza - Entrance to pier off of Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach

    The City of Imperial Beach is a place where the surf culture runs deeply and passionately through several generations of surfers, shapers and designers. Surfhenge consists of four 16-20 foot high surfboard-shaped arches, weighing up to three-quarters of a ton each, which are believed to be the largest colored acrylic moldings ever cast. Alluding to giant surfboards stuck in the sand, the huge colored shapes of Surfhenge pay homage to the proud surfing heritage of Imperial Beach.
  13. Charles R. Faust - Tidelands, 1987 - Fresco with Sand Casting

    Location: Living Coast Discovery Center - 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista

    Situated on an exterior wall of the Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center), this fresco was created by local artist Charles Faust. Inspired by Chula Vista's regional history and the diverse wildlife of the region, this work depicts the wide array of fish and seabirds that are part of this unique environment. Tidelands is a celebration of nature for residents of Chula Vista.
  14. John Banks - Banner Art, 2006

    Location: Beachfront where Imperial Beach Blvd. meets Seacoast Dr., Imperial Beach

    The metal sculpture consists of three 21-foot-tall metal poles standing side by side. The tops of each pole are individually shaped in such a way that when viewed from a specific angle on the ground, they spell the word "ART." The piece was dedicated on November 4, 2006.
  15. Wyland - Ocean Riders, 1996

    Location: On Seacoast Drive between Donax & Daisy Ave., Imperial Beach

    Ocean Riders, by world renowned environmental artist Wyland, depicts three dolphins leaping from a wave. Mounted atop a concrete pedestal finished in a coquina texture and color, this 7' 2" tall, 1,500-pound, cast bronze sculpture mirthfully greets visitors to Imperial Beach's Dunes Park.
  16. Bob Teague - Lemon Capital of the World

    Location: Third Avenue Village - Third Ave. at F St., Chula Vista

    Depicting the early days of farm life in Chula Vista, this painted mural pays homage to the city's founders and residents. Found in the heart of downtown, this mural depicts one of the city's many lemon groves from the first half of the twentieth century. Although lemon groves no longer exist in Chula Vista today, they continue to serve as a symbol of the prosperity and fruitfulness of the city.
  17. Roy Shifrin - Winged Runner, 1996 - Bronze sculpture

    Location: Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center, 2800 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista

    The almost myth-like runner has two mechanical wings that thrust him forth and his face is covered. The artist describes this piece as a monument to everyone who has had a dream, even if that dream may appear impossible.
  18. Las Americas Premium Outlets - Untitled

    Location: 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Ysidro

    San Diego Shopping meets art in this vibrant center near the U.S.-Mexico border. From colorful metal pieces to dramatic sculpture, beautiful artwork enhances this shopping mall.
  19. George Peters and Melanie Walker - Wind Oars, 2004 - Stainless steel sculpture with dialithic glass vanes

    Location: Bayside Park - Bayside Parkway and Plover Way, Chula Vista and Port of San Diego

    In April 2004, this wind-activated artwork was dedicated as part of the Chula Vista Bayside Park. Inspired by the nearby marina and the nature center, the ten aluminum poles which are topped with a pair of oar-like vanes gives the illusion of a flock of birds flying above.

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