Wrigley Village Mini-Murals - Long Beach, CA - Ioana Urma
Tudor architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and Hill St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
California poppy as the sun mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 21st St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA

Wrigley Village Mini-Murals

5 designs which represent Wrigley village - the Tudor, Art Deco, and Spanish Colonial architectural styles, the sun and gardens, and riding a bike along the LA River toward Long Beach Harbor - were painted on 3 utility boxes as 12 mini-murals. The community requested the murals after Ioana completed the designs in the form of street banners along the same street.

12 Mini-Murals

Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
  • + Pacific Ave & 20th St
  • + Pacific Ave & 21st St
  • + Pacific Ave & Hill St

For

Long Beach Redevelopment Agency

Awards

Americans for the Arts Public Art Year in Review 2012

MATERIALS + DIMENSIONS

Bondo, acrylic paint, anti-graffiti coating
(3) 2′ x 3′ x 5.5′ tall utility boxes
detail of California poppy as the sun mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 20th St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
detail of bicycle mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 20th St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
5 designs which represent Wrigley village - the Tudor, Art Deco, and Spanish Colonial architectural styles, the sun and gardens, and riding a bike along the LA River toward Long Beach Harbor - were painted on 3 utility boxes as 12 mini-murals. The community requested the murals after Ioana completed the designs in the form of street banners along the same street.
Art Deco architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 20th St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
Spanish Colonial architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and Hill St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
bike ride along the LA river with Long Beach Harbor cranes and sunset in the background mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and Hill St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
detail of Art Deco architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 21st St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
Model studies were undertaken to determine how to adapt the existing images to the boxes to achieve the best 3D composition and show variation.
Model studies were undertaken to determine how to adapt the existing images to the boxes to achieve the best 3D composition and show variation.
paper model studies of 3 traffic boxes with murals, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
California poppy as the sun and Tudor architectural style murals on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 21st St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
detail of Spanish Colonial architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and Hill St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
The challenging aspect of implementing this project included the existing box conditions (thick layers of old, peeling paint which Ioana angle-ground off, leveling the surface with Bondo); the busy sites (high-traffic corner intersections with many pedestrians and toxic exhaust); the heat of an LA summer (which dried the paint quickly); long distances to water/power outlets (which meant brokering deals with neighbors); and the obsessive exactitude of the designs (digital, originally for printing).
The challenging aspect of implementing this project included the existing box conditions (thick layers of old, peeling paint which Ioana angle-ground off, leveling the surface with Bondo); the busy sites (high-traffic corner intersections with many pedestrians and toxic exhaust); the heat of an LA summer (which dried the paint quickly); long distances to water/power outlets (which meant brokering deals with neighbors); and the obsessive exactitude of the designs (digital, originally for printing).
detail of bike along the LA river mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 21st St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
bike along the LA river and Art Deco architectural style murals on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 20th St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
mixed paint boxes for mural in Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
detail of Tudor architectural style mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and Hill St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
The colorful confessions and conversations initiated by passersby or people shouting from their car (on doing time, political conspiracies, art school for their children, getting paid as an artist, and STDs caught) means painting murals in public space serves a necessary street psychologist function.
The colorful confessions and conversations initiated by passersby or people shouting from their car (on doing time, political conspiracies, art school for their children, getting paid as an artist, and STDs caught) means painting murals in public space serves a necessary street psychologist function.
bike ride along the LA river with Long Beach Harbor cranes and sunset in the background mural on traffic box at Pacific Ave and 21st St, Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA

Work/Credits

Design, Prep, Painting, & Photos: Ioana Urma. Late stage painting help: Priscilla Chung.