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7 iconic murals around Sacramento

From geometric gems to majestic masterpieces, here are some of Sacramento’s best and brightest murals in town.

A mural of a woman with purple lips and green flowing hair is painted onto a red brick building.

Murals are a popular beautification tactic to brighten up buildings in town.

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We all know that Sacramento has a vibrant art scene — and we’re not just talking about Crocker Art Museum or Sol Collective Art Gallery. One of our all-time favorite galleries? Sacramento itself.

The City of Trees is home to a number of meaningful murals and street art pieces. Today, we’re sharing where to find the spots that really paint a picture of our city.

A large black and white koi mural has a painted blue background.

Koi fish are a breed of ornamental common carp, often symbolic of prosperity and perseverance.

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🐟 Mural of koi fish, 1050 20th St. | By Maren Conrad
This mural extends down the backside of the MARRS building off of J Street, which hosts businesses like Good News Wine + Low Brau. It features multiple massive koi fish in black and white surrounded by a sea of blue-painted brick.

A mural of multiple vintage-looking faces in ornate frames are surrounded by florals.

Some of the murals in Sacramento base their themes on the uses of the building it decorates.

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🌸 Mural of people in ornate frames, 1723 J St. | By various artists
On the side of Maverique Style House, this mural gives a vintage feel with its hairstyles + muted color choices. The peacock feathers, florals, and detailed frames compliment the more minimalist interior.

A mural of a woman with green flowing hair is surrounded by orange flowers and butterflies.

Street art adds vibrancy to otherwise forgettable alleyways in town.

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🦋 Mural of green-haired women, 930 20th St. | By various artists
The side and back of Big Brother Comics features this mural of green-haired women. From the flowing hair to the golden poppies and butterflies, the mural adds a touch whimsy to this Downtown building.

A mural of a woman holding a vinyl record and wearing a teal robe with gloves and a cap.

Taking a walk around Downtown and Midtown is a great way to discover hidden gems.

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🎤 Betty Inada, 2005 I St. | By Shaun Burner
On the side of Bryant Christie Inc., this mural is a tribute to Sacramento born jazz artist Betty Inada. Inada moved to Japan at 19 years old, becoming Japan’s most popular female jazz singer in the era before WWII.

A mural depicts the face of a woman, overlayed with different panels of color to create an abstract affect.

The artistic styles of murals in Sacramento cast a wide variety of local expression.

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🤖 Mural of an abstract face, 2020 I St. | By John Horton
This mural decorates the building of The Wellness Club, a fitness center with disco balls and party lights. The vibrancy of its interior is well-matched by the mural, which follows abstract, futurist-style themes common in Horton’s portfolio.

A lengthy mural depicts Sacramento's downtown buildings and the yellow Tower Bridge.

Sacramento itself is the muse for many local artists.

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🏙️ Mural of Downtown Sacramento and Tower Bridge, 614 16th St. | By unknown artist
Barber’s Shop Automotive is home to this mural, displaying a panoramic view of Sacramento’s iconic Tower Bridge and nearby downtown buildings. The beloved local auto shop was in a previous building for 42 years, before starting over in its current Midtown location after a fire.

A mural of a bright yellow bird that is resting on the branch of a cherry blossom tree.

If you pay attention to the artist info left behind on murals, you may see some familiar names.

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🐥 Mural of a goldfinch, 1500 N St. | By Jaya King
Yellow birds are just one of the common themes in Jaya King’s mural work around Sacramento. The colorful + bold exterior of CLTRE Club is also the work of King, with artistic aid from GsUltimatic and Juliet Elise.

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