Play as Public Art

On June 3rd, more than 30,000 runners will rule the streets of San Diego for a few hours during this city’s edition of the Rock & Roll Marathon. If they could just pass by a spit of wall stretching from the corner Camino de la Reina and Hotel Circle North in the last quarter of the race, a mural there just might provide an extra energy kick.


There’s a baker’s dozen of happy, laughing kids freeze-framed in moments of play including two wearing Blue Jay uniforms – the artist’s favourite team perhaps? This static mural, complete with beach balls and a wing-eared dachshund, promised motion as it danced across my field of vision our first day in San Diego.

Near airborne daschshund

Since them, I’ve gone back on a nearly daily pilgrimage to enjoy the lightness of this space, the eternal optimism of innocence at play. The simplicity of the images, the expressions on the kids’ faces and the disconnect with the surrounding cityscape are eloquent statements on the joy of play.

See the rest of the Camino de la Reina players here.

Heels in the air

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