Huntington Beach, California Civic Center Bird Themed Mural Photos | Public Art with Eco-Themes


Huntington Beach, California Bird Mural Art at Civic Center 


Huntington Beach, Calif.--When Seacliff Shopping Center across the street from the Huntington Beach Civic Center on Yorktown and Main was originally built, it contained eco-themes with stunning bird murals and glass cases filled with educational displays and information. While its use of expensive tiles, woods and fountains was revolutionary for a grocery store called Boys Market, and shopping mall during that era (70's), declining rents and traffic resulted in a tear-down and extreme makeover. But what to do with the incredible murals valued at around $1million?


Thanks to the likes of ecologists and those with a keen eye for preserving collectible public art, individuals such as former mayor Shirley Dettloff became involved in saving the bird-themed murals, half a dozen or so. The murals required tile restoration professionals to remove them from the Seacliff Shopping Center and then reapply them to the exterior walls of Huntington Beach's Civic Center buildings--City Hall, Council Chambers and the Police Department facilities building.


Sculpted "pelicans in flight" on sign posts that enhanced the Seacliff Center were sold off to the public, with several sets saved for the Civic Center. This public art now serves as a reminder that Huntington Beach  includes a significant wetlands. It's a Pacific flyway for migratory fowl that's proven to be crucial in the survival of many birds who fly thousands of miles annually from north to south. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve should not be missed by residents and visitors.


But the tile artwork is another attraction worth viewing.  In addition to the murals at Civic Center Plaza, you'll discover a large sculpture at this unique, open plaza. The public can park free and view the murals daily. The murals are located at 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California.



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