Get Your Creative Fix With These Outdoor Art Experiences Throughout the Golden State

Murals, sculptures and lights.

Though many of California’s museums remain closed, there’s still plenty of opportunity to view amazing art … in the outdoors. Visit California offered a list of al fresco art moments across the state. Here are a few highlights:

Mission District, San Francisco

“The Mission District is home to literally hundreds of murals and painted fences, often with themes of social justice or environmental issues. An easy first stop: The Women’s Building on 18th St., and its MaestraPeace Mural, which was painted by seven female artists in 1994 to celebrate women’s contributions around the globe.”


Bruce Munro: Field of Light, Paso Robles

“The rolling terrain of Paso Robles makes a good foundation both for excellent vineyards and this stunning light show. Take an evening stroll around this 150-acre light installation created by Bruce Munro, comprised of 58,000 colored-light spheres and accented with live music. Enhance your viewing with food and wine from local vendors. Runs through Jan. 3, 2021.”

Balboa Park’s Sculpture Garden, San Diego

“The May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden, outside the San Diego Museum of Art, nicely blends art with nature. Not only does it feature 19th- and 20th-century sculptures, but it also offers nice views of Balboa Park’s California Tower, built for the 1915–16 Panama-California Exposition. The tower is a work of art in itself—a medley of Baroque, Plateresque, Churrigueresque, Rococo and Gothic styles.”

Ricardo Breceda’s Sky Art Sculptures, Borrego Springs

“A road trip into the desert town of Borrego Springs and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park takes on an otherworldly ambience, thanks in part to the 130 sculptures by renowned artist Ricardo Breceda that populate the area—dinosaurs, horses, a dragon, and more. Chart your path using the map that’s color-coded by prehistoric creatures, local history or fantasy.”

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