Greek Columns (by John Pugh) - Taylor Hall, E. 1st St. at Salem
Robin Hood (by Scott Teeple) - Campus Bikes, 4th/Main Streets
The Beatles (by Gregg Payne) - Main St. between 1st & 2nd Sts.
The Bidwells (by Teeple) - Near Second & Broadway
Giacomo’s Vineyard (by Teeple) – inside Sicilian Cafe -1020 Main Street
New York Cityscape-inside/outside Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works - 2nd St. between Main & Broadway
Downtown Kaleidoscope (by Ramirez) in park – 1st & Broadway
Racing Bicyclists (by Teeple) - Ninth & Main Streets
Under the Sea (by Lauri Chiodini) inside In Motion Fitness - 1293 E. First Avenue
Pony Express (by Crane) - Broadway near 5th Street
Municipal Center Art Walls-inside - 411 Main Street
Salem Street Art Walls (by Dayton Claudio) – 3rd & Salem
Fake Windows (by Teeple) - Collier’s, 105 Broadway
Victorian Homes - Mid Valley parking lot, 6th/Main
Nature Scenes (by Gregg Payne) - On bridge supports throughout Bidwell Park
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.
Pugh’s mid-1970s trompe l’oeil mural of a crumbled wall with Greek columns holding up the ceiling inside continues to startle viewers, and 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, 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 double-header 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!