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Large Art in Small Places: Discovering the California Mural Towns    by Kevin Bruce order for
Large Art in Small Places
by Kevin Bruce
Order:  USA  Can
Ten Speed Press, 2009 (2009)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Kevin Bruce goes off the beaten path to showcase 250 contemporary murals that can be found in 24 towns from Crescent City, Susanville and Ferndale in the north to Blythe, Twentynine Palms and Indio in the southern part of the state of California.

The outdoor murals grace the walls of a variety of public and private buildings and capture moments of local color, cultural significance, natural beauty and imaginative whimsy.

Some of the better known muralists whose works are displayed in this volume include Don Gray, John Pugh, Wei Luan, and Art Mortimer. Each town listing includes a map which pinpoints where the local murals can be found, a color photo of the work, the artist's name and a few sentences about the masterpiece.

A must purchase for anyone who loves murals, this book will guide you to some of the best examples of this art outside major cities. If you will be visiting or driving near any of these communities, you'll want to be sure to allow yourself a little extra time to see these exceptional works in person.

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