Exploring Public Art in Chico
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When you think of Chico, there are probably a few places that come to mind: Chico State, Sierra Nevada, maybe even Kleen Kanteen or Bidwell Park.

Well, you should add “public art destination” to that list.

Throughout Chico, you can find murals, sculptures, and other art installations on parking garages, in alleys, on buildings, and in parks, and almost any place you can think of. Downtown Chico has dozens of paintings and sculptures all within walking distance. Below is a partial list of public art (both publicly and privately funded) throughout and near Downtown–try to find them all (and let us know if you find others not on our list)!

If you’re interested in more than just murals and sculptures or art outside of Downtown, explore the City of Chico Art in Public Places brochure or the City of Chico Arts Commission. During the summer the Chico Arts and Culture Foundation also offers free Downtown Chico Public Art Tours; you can also schedule private or custom tours on a donation basis.

Main Street Murals

Found on or right off Main Street throughout the heart of Downtown, these murals make for great selfie backdrops.

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Bridges of Bridges

by Dylan Tellesen

Parking lot behind 601 Main St.

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Colorful Lion

5th St. Alley between Main and Broadway

<p>by Lynn Criswell</p>
<p>Inside Chico Municipal Center, 411 Main Street</p>
Compound History-Compound Images-1
<p>by Lynn Criswell</p>
<p>Inside Chico Municipal Center, 411 Main Street</p>
Compound History-Compound Images-2

by Lynn Criswell

Inside Chico Municipal Center, 411 Main Street

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Language House

by Scott Teeple

Mid Valley Parking Lot at 6th & Main

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Love

by Jed Speer

Junction of Main & Park Ave.

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Robin Hood

E. 4th & Main Parking Lot

<p>by William EverOne</p>
<p>City Plaza on Main <br /></p>
The Esplanade, or Trolley Mural I
<p>by William EverOne</p>
<p>City Plaza on Main <br /></p>
The Esplanade, or Trolley Mural II

by William EverOne

City Plaza on Main

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Unity

by Jed Speer

Chico Rotary Plaza, 7th & Wall

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Wall of Boys & Girls Club

by Dylan Tellesen
Chico Rotary Plaza, 7th & Wall

Broadway Murals

Running parallel to Main, Broadway houses more unique and beautiful Chico murals.

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Bird

3rd & Broadway

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Downtown Kaleidoscope

by Jesus Ramirez

Ringel Park at 1st & Broadway

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Peace and Harmony

by Shepard Fairey

526 Broadway

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Pony Express

by Crane

Chico Post Office, 5th & Broadway

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The Bidwells

by Scott Teeple

Parking lot at 2nd & Broadway

Chico State Murals

Located off Broadway and 2nd, Chico State houses some spectacular murals as well. As the heart of Downtown Chico, it's a must during the art walk.

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Academe

by John Pugh

Taylor Hall, E. 1st at Salem

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Facewall Closeup

by Marek Walczak and Wes Heiss

Chico State Arts & Humanities Building, 2nd St.

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Today Decides Tomorrow

by Autumn Robertson (@autnmrose) and Rafa Orti
Taylor Hall, E. 1st at Salem

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Other Downtown Murals

Venture off the main roads through Downtown, and you'll find still more murals integrated into the city landscape.

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Discovery Shoppe Mural

315 Flume St.

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Fire Station 1 Mural

by Roy Steves

W. 9th & Salem

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Monorail

W. 7th & Orange

<p>by Scott Teeple</p>
<p>2nd & Salem St., on the Chico History Museum</p>
Normal Street School
<p>by Scott Teeple</p>
<p>2nd & Salem St., on the Chico History Museum</p>
Bidwell Flour Mill

by Scott Teeple

2nd & Salem St., on the Chico History Museum

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Peaces' of Chico

by Gregg Payne and Youth Nexus students

E. 1st & Vallambrosa Ave.

<p>by Dayton Claudio</p>
<p>Downtown Parking Structure, 3rd & Salem</p>
Salem Street Art Wall-1
<p>by Dayton Claudio</p>
<p>Downtown Parking Structure, 3rd & Salem</p>
Salem Street Art Wall-2

by Dayton Claudio

Downtown Parking Structure, 3rd & Salem

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Tender Loving Coffee

by Wyatt Hersey

365 E. 6th

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Trees

Chase Parking Lot, 200 Block of W. 2nd

Greater Chico Murals

You'll find great art outside of the Downtown area, though you may need to hop in the car to find these.

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AicoraGems "Jewelry Box" Gallery

by Scott Teeple

1334 Mangrove Ave.

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Freeway Pillars Camouflage Project

by Gregg Payne

Lower Bidwell Park at Hwy 99 Crossing

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Gianella Bridge

5th & Mangrove

Murals on Private Residences & Businesses

These pieces are painted on private homes and businesses, so be extra considerate when you're exploring.

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Gnome House

W. 8th & Salem

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La Cocina Economica Mural

E. 4th & Wall

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Untitled Beach Scene

5th & Hazel

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Untitled Houses

6th & Chestnut

Sculptures & Installations

Beyond murals, you can find interesting 3-D sculptures and installations throughout the city.

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Chico Foothills

by Elizabeth Devereaux
Stained glass mural on Chico Municipal Center, 411 Main

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Our Hands

by Donna Billick

Chico Municipal Building, 411 Main

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Dancing Trout

by Patrick Collentine and Susan Larsen

421 Main St.

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Abbey Road

Formal Education, 127 Main

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Diamond Alley Arches

by Kathleen Nartuhi and David Barta

Salem Street Parking Structure

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Heritage Elm Sculpture

by Owen Gabbert

City Plaza on Main

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Decide and Ride

by Ed McLaughlin

One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park

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The Spiral

by Dave Brown

Oak Way Park, W. 8th

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