A large mural depicting the history of Pacifica, Calif., is nearing completion at a local self-storage facility. Artist David Alonzo and a crew of volunteers are about two-thirds of the way through painting the 72-foot long, 12-foot high artwork on the east wall of Crespi Mini Storage at 610 Crespi Drive. The mural will be visible to motorists as they travel along the street toward the ocean, according to the source.
Alonzo’s vision portrays Pacifica circa 1910. The mural shows a passenger train traveling the coastline among abundant artichokes and locals enjoying a day by the sand and sea, the source reported.
The artwork was conceived by longtime local resident Stevan Phillips, who brought the concept to Kathleen Manning, president of the Pacifica Historical Society. Manning liked the idea and approached the owners of Crespi Mini Storage, who agreed to participate. Alonzo is also a local resident and is painting the mural for free, according to the source.
Alonzo started painting the mural in August 2014 and credits the help of volunteer artists in enabling the completion of the piece much earlier than he anticipated. “I really didn’t think we would do so much so quickly,” he told the source. “Now we just have a little bit of the train, some other details and the sky. I think in about three months, we’ll all put down our brushes for the last time.”
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