California Ave District Welcomes Four New Temporary Murals

A new series of four site-specific murals by California-based artists, commissioned for the construction safety barriers at 250 Sherman Ave, got installed in August 2022. Artists Alice Lee, Deborah Aschheim, Eva Struble, and Judy Lew Loose draw their inspiration from the unique character of Palo Alto’s California Avenue District, its diverse community, rich history, and iconic landmarks that make this neighborhood distinct. The murals, that together equal to over 900 linear feet of art, will remain on display through Summer 2023. Join the Public Art Program for a free public tour of the murals and meet the artists on August 25 and September 8 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

Explore Uplift Local Temporary Murals across Palo Alto

The Temporary Murals Program with site-specific murals are sprinkled throughout the Palo Alto business districts. Eight selected local artists/artist teams have created digital, original designs with the purpose of supporting emotional and economic well-being. The designs are printed on a recyclable aluminum material and are temporary installed in different locations on the University and California Avenues. The University Avenue area murals are created by t.w.fiveRobin AppleLauren Berger, and Katherine Liu, while the California Avenue district  Jorge CamachoDamon BelangerLiz Hickock, and Carrie Lederer.

Viewers will be able to navigate from one mural site to the next with the help of an interactive tour map. Art labels at each location will incorporate QR codes offering more information about each artist and their artwork. Pictures tagged with @publicartpa will be highlighted in the Public Art Program’s social media.

Based on success of the pilot and identification of new host locations, the Public Art Program hopes to expand this project. This program is part of the Uplift Local initiative.


Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt

Find all the site-specific murals created by artist Greg Brown! Download the Scavenger Hunt(PDF, 3MB) or access the full map with locations and prompts on Mapme.

Public pictures posted on Instagram will be re-posted on our social media. Make sure to tag @publicartpa and @cityofpaloalto and use the following hashtags: #gregbrownmurals #upliftlocal #cpapublicart

The Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt event is part of the Council-supported Uplift Local initiative. 

Image of Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt Murals


The poster celebrating the BLM movement and depicting the temporary mural created by 16 local artists on Hamilton Avenue, is available for all members of the public free of charge. Collect your free poster at the Palo Alto Art Center at 1313 Newell Road. 

Featured Artists

B: Demetris Washington @bamr_theartist
L: Sasha & Ben Vu @sashavustudios
A: The Harker School Art Club led by artist Pilar Aguero-Esparza @harkerschool @pilar.aguero.esparza
C: Masuma Ahmed
K: Richard Hoffman @richardehoffman
L: Urna Bajracharya @fishing_for_fishies
I: Janet Foster
V: Sarah Joy Espinoza-Evans @iloniarts
E: Elizabeth D Foggie @elizabethdfoggie
S: Ann McMillan @annmcmillanart
M: Nico Berry @nicosprayitloud
A: Ruth Feseha @robin_laurance
T: Shiraaz Bhabha @shiraaz
T: Briena Brown @artbybriena
E: Cece Carpio @cececarpio
R: Stuart Robertson & Adam Amram @stewyrobertson @adam_amram_

Image of Black Lives Matter poster

The BLM poster is designed by R+A Design Studio