Image courtesy of Murals of La Jolla
Since the late 1800’s, La Jolla has been a sanctuary for artists. Present day La Jolla is no different than the beautiful place where the Green Dragon Colony first took root and decades later became a home for traveling artists and performers.
Fast-forward to 2015 and the streets of La Jolla have become a treasured place where artists share expressions of their craft in grand murals. More than a dozen artists have displayed their handiwork to the world via the Murals of La Jolla project.
Murals of La Jolla is an Athenaeum project launched by the La Jolla Community Foundation and paid for by private donations. For the past five years, Murals of La Jolla has been commissioning public art projects and displaying them on privately owned structures throughout the Village. Each mural will grace its spot for no less than two years.
The latest addition to the many murals displayed throughout the Village of La Jolla is, “Playing La Jolla (for all it’s worth)” by Terry Allen. In the mural, fingers glide across piano keys inscribed with the words, “Playing La Jolla.” Allen’s newest piece is displayed at 7611 Fay Avenue in the Village.
According to La Jolla Light, Allen is a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and three time National Endowment for the Arts winner. The Santa Fe native’s work has been featured in domestic and international museums and galleries.
Allen’s piece is one of 15 murals currently on display throughout the Village of La Jolla. Last Tuesday, La Jolla Light reported that the mural was supposed to be displayed at another location just off Torrey Pines Road, but that plan never materialized. Instead, on September 17th the mural occupied the former home of “The Real Deal” by Robert Irwin and Philipp Scholz across from The Lot luxury theater on Fay Avenue.
It’s through such beautification projects that places like La Jolla showcase their distinct charm, their local talent and their uniqueness. La Jolla is not just another spot in Southern California. It’s not merely another series of lovely homes. It’s not just another gorgeous beach. It’s much more than that, as owners of homes in La Jolla know all too well. Works of art, such as these murals, make that all the more evident.