Brea Beckoning

Outdoor Art and Mural Walk in Brea, California

The art-centric town of Brea goes beyond museum walls with an “Art in Public Places” program featuring 183+ outdoor sculptures. Amid these treasures, you’ll find the 8-piece sculptural installation by Laguna Beach–based mosaic tile artist Marlo Bartels.

This 2-mile (round-trip) urban walk takes you through the history of Brea along a winding path fronting Blackstone Community’s E. Santa Fe Road. Start at Wildcatters Park at 3301 E. Santa Fe to begin this walk. You’ll have to backtrack from the parking lot by going left on Santa Fe to see “Gems” on the northwest corner of Valencia and Santa Fe.

This 14-foot statue looks like quartz crystals and offers seating for those passing by to sit and reflect. The next site is “Seed to Tree,” a mosaic cross-section of a walnut and an homage to the walnut trees that covered the land before orange groves.

Continue to the next installation, named “Paleontological.” This 11-foot-tall depiction of a trumpet shell and turban shell speaks to Brea’s earliest days under the sea (shells can still be found in the city’s soil). Proceed to “Oil Exploration,” stairs that Bartels decorated with historic black-and-white photos of people and places of Brea from the past 100 years. Next up, “Oil – The Evolution,” a large depiction of an oil derrick that honors Brea’s beginnings in the oil industry.

“The Water Drop,” a frozen drop of water splashing decorated with colored glass, and “Flora and Fauna,” large cactus installations covered in green glazed tile and the animals of Brea, are the last two installations you’ll pass before the bookend of Gems, another bench for relaxation and reflection.

Gallery image 1 of 3
Gallery image 2 of 3
Gallery image 3 of 3

Once you reach the end, turn around and walk back to the beginning parking lot.

COFFEE BREAK: Head to Reborn Coffee (3373 E. Imperial Highway) afterward to relax and enjoy some refreshing drinks!

Trending Stories SoCal

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Bouquet of Waterfalls

    Like a good love letter, some of the best hiking trails are short and sweet. Cue the hike to Bouquet Falls in Santa Clarita Valley’s Bouquet Canyon.

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    New Rules of the Trail

    As some parks around California begin to re-open, we came up with tips for being responsible on your outdoor adventures. Let’s do our part so we can all keep enjoying the parks.

    View
  3. Image that represents the story

    Big Time Hike

    This is the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite. We recommend this grand tour hike at 7.5 miles which includes a spectacular overlook.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    All Roads Lead to Rogue

    Idea for your next road trip: Go Rogue! The Rogue Valley in beautiful Southern Oregon has some of the state’s best hiking, swim holes, and wineries, and the charming historic towns of Ashland, Medford, and Jacksonville.

    View

Trending Stories Northern CA

View all Stories
  1. Image that represents the story

    Tam Slam!

    This 8-mile (round-trip) hike is a pure classic, with redwoods, water-flows, and soaring views of the coastline. Oh yeah, and that ladder!

    View
  2. Image that represents the story

    Easiest Best Hike in the World

    Choose the easiest and most view-rewarding hike in Yosemite. Okay, we’ll go first: the combination of hiking to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. Both of these lookouts are within a couple miles of each other on Glacier Point Road

    View
  3. Image that represents the story
    Sponsored

    Road Trip Ahead: Oregon Outback

    Remote open spaces, camping under true Dark Skies, hiking and biking trails galore, wildlife refuges, and hot springs! Plan your road trip to the Oregon Outback this summer.

    View
  4. Image that represents the story

    Nice Ring to It

    This tiny but mighty open space preserve on the Tiburon Peninsula can often exhibit a wide range of wildflowers late into the season, not to mention one of the most jaw-dropping views of the bay.

    View