Little Italy: Part Two

One great thing about Little Italy, is the abundance of public art displays . Walking around the district you can’t help stopping to look at and photograph the walls. There are several very interesting street murals including this one which can be found on the corner of Juniper and India, and was created by Dawn Morrison Wagner, a chalk artist.

Angel Mural (Filippino Lippi)

A mural high on a wall depicts Venetian Gondoliers.

Fragment of the Sistine Chapel on a building wall.

Mural titled I Pescatori by artist Renee Garcia, 2003. Depicts tuna fishermen who lived in Little Italy (many were Italian immigrants) fishing off the coast of San Diego.

Ben-Hur Coffee. A cool old advertisement on the side of an old brick building.

Several murals that together are titled “Eredita Italiana” by Yakov Kandinov, 2004. According to a nearby plaque, this is a Precious Cheese Art Mural Project.

And in Little Italy’s Amici Park you can find four sculptures that depict tables of tasty food. The red and white checkered tablecloths you see are actually glass mosaics. The recipes beside the plates are designed so that inquisitive gourmets can take a rubbing, and bring the recipe home.  The entire installation is called A Recipe For Friendship and was created by Nina Karavasiles in 2001.

These images date back several years so they might not be there now, but I am sure there will be new ones to discover.

~wander.essence~ photography

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

24 thoughts on “Little Italy: Part Two”

  1. I love all of those, and it’s a delight to see them in situ. One thing that immediately struck me was that they had not been spoiled with graffiti or ‘tags’. I dread to think what would happen to similar installations and murals in a British city.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. Oh boy, Jude, you’re really getting me excited for our upcoming trip to Italy this spring (I hope!). I love how street art is so much fun; it never takes itself too seriously. These photos show so many aspects of Italy’s culture. I love especially the Venetian gondolier and the advertisement for Ben-Hur Coffee. Nostalgic ads such as these take me back to simpler times. Thanks for the mention. I’ll link it to my Wednesday post. 🙂

        1. I hope so, Jude. I may go to Rome first by myself since Mike’s already been and he doesn’t want to go back. He absolutely refuses to go to Venice, and I can’t say I blame him. I won’t do Venice this time as it’s too far from the area we’re focusing on. Maybe in combination with the Dolomites at some later date. And the south will have to wait too. We can’t do it all at once, sadly. 🙂

        2. I think it is sensible to do a small part at a time, otherwise you miss so much. The Dolomites is another lovely region. If you go there at any time then you must spend some time at Lake Bled in Slovenia. Absolutely fabulous country.

        3. I agree, Jude. I think it would take 3 trips to Italy to do it justice. I definitely think if we did Venice and the Dolomites, we would have to add Slovenia. I’d like to do some hiking in the Dolomites, but after doing the Camino this year, I don’t think I’m game for much walking in the coming year. 🙂

  3. Street art is so varied these days, Jude. Something for everyone. I rather like the pescatori. That’s an island I wouldn’t mind going back to see. 🙂 🙂

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