Thursday, January 19, 2012

Butte 52: Week 2 - Murals in Downtown Chico

If you walk around downtown, it's plain to see that Chico embraces it's artists. Buildings (both old and new), newspaper stands, benches are all blanketed with artwork. Around every corner, there are works of art both, beautiful and bizarre, vintage and modern, colorful and curious.

The man with the awesome feather in his hat? That's William Everone, an artist, who has done several murals downtown. He was commissioned to do two sepia-toned murals of a trolley (one coming towards you, and the other moving away) in the City Plaza. 

He is incorporating minerals from around the world in the mural. While chatting with us, he was grinding crystals from Mount Shasta into this violet paint. He has also included sand from Afghanistan into the paint for the mural.

Another mural of Everone's. He wanted us to know that it was part of a collection of art, throughout the country, that spells out "LOVE" on a map. It's called the 23rd Hour Wakeup Call Love Tour.

Here are just a few of the other murals you can find downtown:

The Beatles walking along Main Street. 

The Brooklyn Bridge on the Boys and Girls Club.

Love this one! Cars looked way cooler back then. I was born in the wrong era I tell ya.

If you look closely, there's a tiny little bird right there.

There he is!

A trompe-l'oeil by John Pugh gives the illusion of 3D Greek columns.

John and Annie Bidwell, founders of the town of Chico.

I love that this clothing warehouse decided to jazz up their brick building with some poppies.

What do a futuristic-looking policewoman, Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and a kid who's hair is afire have in common? Who knows, but they form a mural outside of La Cocina Economica. It's supposed to have delicious Mexican food. And, as you can tell by the name, it's a great choice for those on a budget.

An astronaut floats weightlessly and randomly. 

This Robin Hood mural is most likely an ode to the 1938 version of Robin Hood, that was filmed in Bidwell Park.

And there are still so many more for me to discover...

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