Mural Stories

“World's Safest Beach” Mural

The “World's Safest Beach” mural is a stunning gift to the community by world-renowned artist and native Carpinterian John Wullbrandt. The mural celebrates not only Carpinteria's classic beach town ambience but also the community's successful preservation of our precious coastal habitats such as the Harbor Seal Sanctuary and Carpinteria Salt Marsh.

Centered in the mural is a Carpinteria Beach scene from yesteryear, inspired by a nostalgic postcard of the period and bearing the classic moniker “World's Safest Beach.” This is surrounded by depictions of shore birds, pelicans, harbor seals, dolphins and egrets, all part of the extraordinary and diverse wildlife that enhances Carpinteria's coastline.

Located (appropriately) on Wullbrandt Way, the 16-foot tall, 25-foot wide mural is designed to appeal to strolling pedestrians as they make their way along Linden Avenue. Dedicated April 6, 2012, this delightful work of art has become a beloved community icon as well as a popular "photo op" stop for locals and visitors alike.

Carpinteria Beautiful is proud to have helped make this mural possible and salutes artist Wullbrandt for his great talent, generosity and love of his community. For more information on this multi-talented artist, visit John's gallery at 910 Maple Avenue or go to www.Wullbrandt.com.

 
 

“La Viña Grande” Mural

Local architect, Andy Neumann, drew up the revitalization plan for the downtown corridor to include tile murals in Linden Plaza. Thanks to generous donors in combination with the proceeds from the annual Home & Garden Tour, Carpinteria Beautiful completed the picture – actually, two pictures when you include the remarkable tile surrounding the drinking fountain. The mural and tile surround were created by RTK Studios in Ojai.

“La Viña Grande” depicts the famous Carpinteria Grapevine. Planted in 1842, the vine's enormous arbor grew to over half an acre and was used for local gatherings and public meetings.

La Viña Grande La Viña Grande
 

“La Carpinteria” Mural

La Carpinteria

Dedicated February 14, 2005, our second mural, “La Carpinteria”, celebrates our Chumash heritage and depicts the building of Indian tomols using asphaltum from local beaches as a sealant. The mural was created by RTK Studios in Ojai.

 

We think this combination of history and art is a great way to further enhance our beautiful community and we hope to see more examples in the future.

In 2006, Carpinteria Beautiful formed a Murals Committee to investigate the commissioning of a large painted mural. We are truly fortunate to have John Wullbrandt, an internationally famous artist and muralist, to work with us on this project.

After examining the rich and varied historical and cultural background of our community, we decided the central theme of our first mural would be “The World's Safest Beach.”

As with all good things, this endeavour will take time and work by many people. We look forward to this challenge and to the support of all of you who have so generously participated in Carpinteria Beautiful's efforts over the years.

“Rincon from the Carpinteria Bluffs”

Since 2007, a striking landscape mural, entitled “Rincon from the Carpinteria Bluffs,” by local artist Whitney Brooks Abbott, painted in 1996, for an interior wall at Tyco/Kilovac, adorns the exterior wall of that same building, at 550 Linden Avenue, in a position to be viewed and enjoyed by the whole community.

Rincon from the Carpinteria Bluffs

Whitney Brooks Abbott
Rincon from the Carpinteria Bluffs