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.
Running parallel to Main, Broadway houses more unique and beautiful Chico murals.
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.
Other Downtown Murals
Venture off the main roads through Downtown, and you'll find still more murals integrated into the city landscape.
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.
Murals on Private Residences & Businesses
These pieces are painted on private homes and businesses, so be extra considerate when you're exploring.
Sculptures & Installations
Beyond murals, you can find interesting 3-D sculptures and installations throughout the city.
Just Outside Chico
Venture just outside of Chico for other great murals!