The city of Lompoc is located on the coast of California. Being in Santa Barbara County the region is famous by tourists and locals for day trips and similar activities. Next to excursions like skydiving and surfing you can go on wine tastings or explore one of the many parks around town.
For those who love culture and arts, museums are available to be visited. But different kind of introduction into the local arts scene can be experienced when walking down the streets looking for street art. Wall paintings are today one of the most visited attractions in Lompoc.
"Lompoc Murals are one of the city’s top attractions, depicting scenes of Lompoc’s heritage, flower industry, historic sights, ethnic diversity, scenic beauty and more." - explorelompoc.com
The beginning of these murals dates back to about 25 years ago when Gene and Judy Stevens got inspired on a trip to British Colombia where they visited a small town filled with murals. The village was using its street art to attract tourists. Successfully. The first wall painting in Lompoc was painted shortly after in 1990. Art Mortimer was the artist of the first of many murals to follow.
The Murals of Lompoc are representing the history of the town and its amazing attractions. You can find all 30 murals today on a leisure walk through the old downtown area. There are maps where all of the paintings are marked and named. You can find the map here.
The murals are being curated by the Lompoc Mural Society. This local non-profit organization dedicated its work to upmarket the historic old town of Lompoc and its valley through street art. By attracting tourists to the area they are hoping of increasing the value of the town.
You can find today also many smaller murals which have come up over the years. Even privately a lot more wall paintings have been created and are spread across town.
" Through the use of Art, The Mural Society builds bridges across barriers between ethnic and cultural groups while building pride in the community. " - lompocmurals.com
Some murals have disappeared over time due to the elements. They are described as "retired" and can be found on the local website of the Lompoc Murals. Photographs will make the art last forever together with some descriptions of the artwork.
With this project, the local community has been very successful in attracting visitors and upgrading their old town. Tourists come from all over the world today to visit these famous murals.