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SDSU Professor’s Mural Welcomes Airport Visitors

The vibrant mural is part of San Diego International Airport’s Arts Program.

Picture: Pablo Mason, Courtesy of San Diego International Airport

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (February 23, 2018) — Visitors to San Diego International Airport (SAN) may notice a new artistic addition to the scenic airfield by the bay.

Starting in late February, travelers have the chance to take in a mural by Eva Struble, associate professor of painting and printmaking at San Diego State University.

Stretching 144-feet-wide and 6-feet-tall, the mural is a combination of Struble’s previous works with an added digital component. The piece, printed on vinyl and attached to aluminum sheeting, also incorporates scenes of endangered local plants and animals.

“The project taught me a different type of ideation” said Struble. “I needed to imagine the project from a moving vehicle, from a plane taxiing in the distance, and also on a human scale.”

The art installation is located on Admiral Boland Way, between Sassafras and Palm Streets.

“We’re thrilled that Eva Struble’s vibrant mural will enliven a busy corridor on the airport campus, one that’s passed by hundreds of travelers each day,” said Lauren Lockhart, Airport Arts Program Manager at SAN. “Since the mural site will turnover annually, this new public art project presents an exciting opportunity for multiple regional artists to have their work showcased at SAN.”

This is not the first time the airport has called on an SDSU professor to curate artwork. The airport art exhibition, “Point of Entry,” which ran through late 2017, was curated by faculty member Norma Iglesias-Prieto and featured the work of Professor Matthew Higgins.

The mural is a part of the airport’s Temporary Exhibition Program and just one element of SAN’s larger commitment to realizing original, integrated public artwork to enhance the airport environment and showcase the talent and culture of the San Diego region. In addition to public art, the Airport Arts Program includes temporary exhibitions and performing arts components, aimed at engaging travelers and creating an ambiance unique to San Diego. For more information about the Airport Arts Program, visit

The mural will remain on display until January 2019.

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