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Huntington Beach Pier Plaza Tile Mural
lifeguard and junior lifeguard
lady in bikini

Huntington Beach, Calif.--Depicting the scenes of a beach city and its history, youu'll find a tile mural at Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach. Located next to the Huntington Beach Pier and parking lot, the mural includes a woman in a bikini, lifeguard and junior lifeguard, dapper gent with a seashell in his pocket, stylish walking cane and panama hat, a California grizzly, a couple sipping coffee or tea with an oil derrick behind them, and a lady jogger with a bird from the wetlands.

This commissioned work was created from a man who is no longer with us, Terry Schoonhoven. He was a fine artist and left a visual display that brings smiles to tourist vacationing in Huntington Beach, as well as local residents, visitors and even students.

You'll find this colorful art work that is comprised of ceramic, hand-painted tiles at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA. It was unveiled as part of a Pier Plaza celebration in 1998. Bands played, dignitaries spoke and a program was even printed up.  Having photographed this mural dozens of times minimum, we can say that it's all about lighting and angle.

But for the creative types, add some additional objects for depth, and the mural takes on a whole new look and meaning.  Open for viewing 24/7, the actual hours of the parking lot next to where it sits are 5 a.m. to midnight daily.