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Found on Capitola Beach: A seawall of Tile Art

This week for Monday Mural, I’m taking you back to Capitola to show you some art-on-ceramic-tiles along a seawall in this seaside village on California’s Central Coast. This tile...
Art Tile Seawall, Capitola

Tile art on Capitola's Seawall This week for Monday Mural, I’m taking you back to Capitola to show you some art-on-ceramic-tiles along a seawall in this seaside village on California’s Central Coast. This tile art — I hear — went up in 2008 and it was a community project.

Today, that seawall is a collage of tiles, each square a painting of its own with a picture and a signature. Put together, these ceramic tiles look like an outdoor art museum giving visitors and locals so much to look at.

Here’s how this community art project came about: As part of this tile art program people were apparently allowed to buy ceramic tiles of a certain size for $35 and do some artwork on it. And then they were all put together to make this show-of-tiles. Now that should explain the many signatures found on the tiles. Most of the tile art seem to have chosen ‘the seaside’ for a subject. We see sea water, beaches, surf and surfboards, sea horses, even bits of Capitola itself. (Can you spot a painting of Capitola Wharf? It looks like this)

Tile art on Capitola's Seawall Tile art on seawall, Capitola, CA

Tile art on seawall, Capitola, CA

Tile art on seawall, Capitola, CA - a community art project

The last picture in this post will tell you that these artworks on ceramic tiles were installed by Ted and Ryan Latshaw of Latshow Tile and Stone.

 

More public art from Capitola:

Found in Capitola 1: Door art
Found in Capitola 2: Rainforest Mural
Find many more murals HERE

Linking to —

Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo

&

Our World Tuesday

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47 Comments on this post.
  • Jim, Sydney, Australia
    3 April 2017 at 4:36 am
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    School kids must have done them, I assume.

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 5:34 am
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      I believe it’s mostly adults who did them. They didn’t have to be ‘artists’ to do it, is my understanding. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, Jim.

  • Sami Veloso
    3 April 2017 at 6:45 am
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    That’s quite a colourful wall by the sea. I like it!

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:18 pm
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      Yeah, very colourful. It’s like if you sit on one of those benches you can stare at the sea and some artwork, too. 🙂

  • Marianne
    3 April 2017 at 9:00 am
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    That makes a colourful wall to look at while enjoying the seaside.

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:19 pm
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      Exactly! Just what I was telling Sami. 😀 🙂
      Thank you for visiting, Marianne.

  • s.c.
    3 April 2017 at 9:21 am
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    Nice one.

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:19 pm
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      🙂
      It is, right? 🙂

  • tom the backroads traveller
    3 April 2017 at 11:21 am
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    …post cards from paradise.

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:20 pm
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      🙂
      Right on, Tom.

  • joshi daniel
    3 April 2017 at 3:08 pm
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    so nice 🙂

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:21 pm
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      I agree. 🙂

      Thank you, Joshi.

  • Taken For Granted
    3 April 2017 at 3:50 pm
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    Most interesting tiles. Looks like they were done by talented artists. Good post.

    • dNambiar
      3 April 2017 at 6:22 pm
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      Interesting indeed.
      And beautiful. There is beauty in all kinds of art, isn’t there? 🙂

  • carol mckenna
    3 April 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    Wonderfully creative and colorful project ~ delightful! Great photos ~ thanks,

    Wishing you delightful days in your week ~ ^_^

    • dNambiar
      5 April 2017 at 2:42 am
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      It really is very creative and colourful.
      You are so welcome, Carol.

      Thank YOU for coming this way.

      You have a great week too. 🙂

  • bill burke
    3 April 2017 at 10:10 pm
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    Very beautiful tiles to look at while taking in the view of the ocean.

    • dNambiar
      5 April 2017 at 2:46 am
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      Exactly. 🙂

      It is very eye-catching.

      Thank you for the visit, Bill.

  • Rahul
    3 April 2017 at 11:26 pm
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    Always something to learn here Divya:)

  • ladyfi
    4 April 2017 at 7:54 am
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    Very nice!

    • dNambiar
      5 April 2017 at 2:48 am
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      I agree. 🙂
      Thank you for visiting and for hosting Our World, Lady Fi.

  • Prasad Np
    4 April 2017 at 5:51 pm
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    This is such a unique piece of public artwork, so many people involved and each tile with very personal touch.

    • dNambiar
      5 April 2017 at 2:52 am
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      It is such a wonderful project, is it not? I can’t get it out of my head. I would love to have contributed to something like this.

      They must be so proud of it. 🙂

      And what a great ensemble!!!

  • magiceye
    6 April 2017 at 1:39 am
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    Such a wonderful community initiative!

    • dNambiar
      13 April 2017 at 8:12 pm
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      It really is. I would love to be a part of a party like this. 🙂
      Thank you for coming this way, Magic eye. 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    10 April 2017 at 2:06 pm
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    You and mural are inseparable. Lovely capture, Divya. Are tiles independent of each other or telling a story together?

  • dNambiar
    13 April 2017 at 8:18 pm
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    Ravish!!! Hi!!
    Long, long time. How have you been?

    Yeah, I guess. 😀 I seem to notice artwork wherever I see it. And I can’t help taking pictures of them. 🙂

    Ravish, they are actually independent tiles. In fact each one was done by an art enthusiast who wanted to put up a painting there and they were all put together to make this very attractive sea wall. It looks like you didn’t have to necessarily be an ‘artist’ to buy a tile and paint it for this project. How cool is that?! 🙂

    Thank you for the visit. 🙂

    • Ravish Mani
      15 April 2017 at 5:43 pm
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      Hiiiiiiiiii

      Yes, quite a long time. I’m good and hope the same for you.

      Whenever I see murals, it reminds me of you.

      You are right you don’t have to be an artist to paint but an innocent child. The words immediately transported me to the painting competition of Tare Zameen Par.

      I always loved this space 🙂

      • dNambiar
        18 April 2017 at 12:31 am
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        I’m going pretty well. Thank you.

        Oh really? That’s so nice. 😀

        Thank you so much, Ravish. 🙂

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    15 April 2017 at 2:48 am
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    Very nice arts captured.

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    15 April 2017 at 3:34 am
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    So beautiful. Awesome works.

    • dNambiar
      17 April 2017 at 4:04 am
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      I agree. 🙂
      Thank you, Rupam.

  • The Untourists
    15 April 2017 at 11:32 am
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    How lovely is that? We need an initiative like that on Worli Sea Face in Mumbai…

    • dNambiar
      17 April 2017 at 4:20 am
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      What an awesome idea, right? We really could do with a few community art projects like this, couldn’t we? 🙂

  • umashankar
    16 April 2017 at 6:13 am
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    That is a spectacular sight, Divya. My eyes stopped at the tile by ‘Kanady’, and many more that you chose to bring in closer focus.

    • dNambiar
      18 April 2017 at 12:36 am
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      It really is. I salute the person(s) who came up with the idea for this project.

      Kanady’s work is a painting of the Capitola Wharf. 🙂

      Thank YOU for making the time to come by and leave a comment, USP.

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    18 April 2017 at 1:21 am
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    Nice…

  • Miss Jose
    18 April 2017 at 4:52 pm
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    A treat to the eyes ! Loving the colours 😀

    • dNambiar
      19 April 2017 at 12:07 am
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      Yeah, lots of colours and lots of styles. Many art-lovers came together to make this happen. 🙂

  • Arti
    25 April 2017 at 7:56 am
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    That is such a wonderful idea! All the tiles put together give a completely different vibe to the place altogether. Like the people are no longer there but their essence lingers on… truly a masterpiece.

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