You don’t have to be an art lover to enjoy the many murals on the CSUC campus and in Chico’s downtown area. All you need is a sense of fun.
For a bit of Chico history, don’t miss Scott Teeple’s rendering of John and Annie Bidwell on Second Street on the wall facing the art deco building.
Commemorating the 1937 filming of “The Adventures of Robin Hood” in Bidwell Park is the mural on Campus Bikes at Main/Fourth. There you’ll find Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest One of the newer murals in Chico is Languages Houses, which is on Mid Valley Title’s parking lot wall at Sixth and Main. It features six Victorian homes.
If you have children, be sure and checkout the murals inside the kids section at In Motion Fitness. They give an awesome vision of life Under the Sea.
We’re especially fond of the doubleheader New York cityscapes inside and outside at Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works, and one that tugs at our heartstrings is Giacomo’s Vineyard inside the Sicilian Cafe because Giacomo’s (James’) grandparents immigrated to America from Sicily in the 1950’s, and many of the recipes still used in the restaurant are theirs. The mural serves as a warm tribute to their heritage. There’s more, and they’re all fun to view. Pick up a map at the Visitor Center at Fifth and Main. Then go on your own mural treasure hunt and choose your favorite!
Chico Murals Partial List
AicoraGems “Jewelry Box” Gallery
Robin Hood (by Scott Teeple)
The Beatles (by Gregg Payne)
The Bidwells (by Teeple)
Giacomo’s Vineyard (by Teeple)
New York Cityscape
Downtown Kaleidoscope (by Jesus Ramirez)
Wall of Boys & Girls Club (D. Tellesen)
Under the Sea (by Lauri Chiodini)
Pony Express (by Crane)
Municipal Center Art Walls-inside
Salem Street Art Walls
Fake Windows (by Teeple)
Language Houses (by Scott Teeple)
Nature Scenes (by Gregg Payne)
Greek Columns (by John Pugh),