9 Murals In Santa Cruz You Must See

9 Murals In Santa Cruz You Must See

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Every city is a piece of art. Whether it is the odd looking people in it, the delicious coffee shops with the handcrafted coffee, or the ocean shore, each city has aspects about it that make it unique. Santa Cruz is by far one of the most unique cities I have ever had the experience to live in. Not only do you get people walking around downtown with no shoes on, but you also get to see intricate pieces of art scattered throughout the city. If you are one that admires going to a new place and checking out the local art, here are a few sites you must see.

1. "You Have No New Messages"

This piece is utterly terrific. If you like things that moo just as much as I do, you would appreciate how cute this piece is. If you go near River Street past Highway 1, you might have spotted a double decker cow like I have. It was created by artist Kirby Scudder to welcome people to the Tannery Arts Center.

2. In downtown Santa Cruz

There is a mural that depicts downtown Santa Cruz local life. Whether it is going to the farmers market or putting on your wetsuit to surf to cold ocean waves, Santa Cruz is an enjoyable place to spend a summer day or have a university experience.

3. Wave at Ken Wormhoudt Skate Park

Ever thought of surfing the waves? Well now you can skate the waves in Santa Cruz. It was created by local Judi Oyama to demonstrate the parallel with the skate and surf culture.

4. On your way to the University or the beach

This mural is your depiction of typical students after class hitting the beach.

5. Ray Bolivia's art piece

Now there aren't toucans casually flying around in Santa Cruz, but definitely makes the city council building area look more lively.

6. There are also some murals on the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus.

When I was an incoming student at UC Santa Cruz a few years ago, this was one of the first pieces of art I saw when I was touring the campus. I appreciated how colorful and full of life it was. Go check it out. It is near colleges 9/10 when you are walking uphill towards the dining hall.

7. Getting students involved.


If you go towards college 10 at UC Santa Cruz, you can check out this gorgeous mural encouraging students to get involved. So as you are on your way to your next class, hopefully this will provide you with a little inspiration.

8. And if you go towards Merrill...

You can check out this variety of beautiful pieces of art depicting great people that made an impact on this earth.

These are only a few murals that make Santa Cruz unique. So when you are on your next trip to Santa Cruz and you want to take a picture or two, snap a few of the murals you see or take selfies with them. Just take a moment to appreciate the great art that has been embedded in this community.

Cover Image Credit: c1.staticflickr.com

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While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

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The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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