WORDS BY: ULYLISA MALDONADO & THOMAS ROJAS
PHOTOS BY: ULYLISA MALDONADO
There’s a new aesthetic in town, and it’s arrived in the form of painted walls. Posing in front of a painted wall doesn’t seem like it would make an interesting photo, but recently it’s becoming a social-media norm. The walls that make it onto Instagram are far from boring– they range from bright hues to wild prints. It’s come to the point where it seems more common to “grab a wall” than to grab a friend for a photo opportunity. The DIG team decided to do both and called on journalism major Kristine Bañuelos to explore downtown Long Beach for alluring walls to help boost DIG’s Instagram game.
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
Kristine Bañuelos, journalism student, leans casually against the mural painted on the side of the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum. The mural is a scenescape of palm trees and their leaves.
Gail Werner Mural
This mural brings beauty to an otherwise ordinary local business. Bañuelos takes it all in.
Telmo Miel Mural
Located in the heart of downtown Long Beach, this massive mural covers one whole side of a jewelry store building. Patrons can enjoy this work of art as they park in the adjacent parking lot.
Jasper Wong Mural
This piece by Jasper Wong evokes a fantastic sense of “dreaming the impossible”. Bañuelos reaches her hands up towards the speech bubble that states, “do great things.”