Manhattan Beach Community & Destination Guide 2021-22

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THE MANHATTAN BEACH MURAL PROJECT

ACH LA KINGS MURAL 1103 HIGHLAND AVE.

This cool optometrist office, Beach Cities Optometry, is owned by die-hard Kings fans. They collaborated with the LA Kings and commissioned graffiti artists Shane Jessup and Tim Cleary to liven up their medical building and celebrate the many Los Angeles Kings players that live in the South Bay. Snap a pic with Kopitar!

THE ARRAY OF MANHATTAN BEACH MURALS

Initially, I planned to highlight the King’s Mural featured on the north and south wall of Beach Cities Optometry on Highland and 11th. But in the last five years, the city has opened itself up to street art in the most freeing yet captivating way. There are loads of selfie-worthy locales scattered throughout the city. Find your favorite and have at it. MANHATTAN HOUSE 1019 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD

DWorld-famous Ricardo Gonzalez painted this Instagram-worthy mural two years ago on the side of Polish in North Manhattan. The trendy white and pink calligraphed message set on Tiffany Blue encourages widespread love (and makes for an excellent proposal site). Do you dare? “LOVE YOU LIKE”

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DWhat was once a plain brown building just west of Manhattan’s busiest intersection (Sepulveda and MB Blvd.) is now a four-sided work of art. This is basically fourmurals-in-one and acts as a cultural introduction to the heart of the city.

M A N H AT TA N B E AC H CO M M U N I T Y & D E S T I N AT I O N G U I D E

DThe city’s public art fund paid three artists to beautify three oft-seen areas of Manhattan Beach. These three murals prove our dedication to public art and culture, and they’re just the start of more beauty. Each brighten up a plain concrete wall and help to beautify the city of Manhattan Beach. CIVIC CENTER STAIRWELL, 15TH STREET

Golden Butterflies by Joanna Garel METLOX PLAZA

What Lifts You by Kelsey Montague PARKING LOT 6 ON HIGHLAND AND 14TH STREET

California Dayz by KidWiseman

75 YEARS IN MANHATTAN BEACH

“THIS MUST BE THE PLACE” 1138 HIGHLAND AVE

DBetween the Kettle, a classic Manhattan Beach staple, and Esperanza, Manhattan Beach’s newest restaurant, a simple mindfulness message inspired by the Talking Heads and painted by Rebecca Simms nudges passersby to live in the moment and enjoy where they’re at right now. So popular, the mural expanded and bounced over to the north end of the restaurant on Higland Ave and Center Place. This is the best smelling mural in town!

925 N SEPULVEDA BLVD

DLocated on the north side of the Baskin-Robbins store on Sepulveda Blvd. is a colorful mural painted in 2018 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Ely-Smartt center. Artist Kevin Anderson, perhaps best known for his epic 72-foot mural celebrating San Diego County inside a pedestrian tunnel in Mission Valley, was commissioned by Heather Miller, Ely’s grandaughter and now the center’s general manager. The mural is a whimsical depiction of various landmarks found around Manhattan Beach. From the pier, to the ducks floating in the pond at Polliwog Park, make sure you study the mural for all the little clues as you enjoy a double scoop at Baskin Robbins.

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