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”Encinitas Up Close,” a public art installation at the redesigned Santa Fe Drive undercrossing. (Photo: Brigid Parsons)

New Public Art Website In Encinitas

An online walking tour of the 53 mosaics at Santa Fe Drive has been created

Encinitas CA— The City of Encinitas funded a public art project to create 53 mosaic panels for permanent installation at the redesigned Santa Fe Drive undercrossing as part of the Caltrans and SANDAG Build NCC project. The mosaics were created by Encinitas high school and college students and adult artists.

The City has created a new public art website that includes an online walking tour for the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing with images of each mosaic, accompanied by a statement by the artists and their biography. The public is invited to walk the exhibit in person or take the tour online. For the new website, visit: www.encinitasca.gov/euc. A link to the walking tour is also available on the public art page on the City of Encinitas website.

The public art installation reflects the culture of the five communities of Encinitas. With the theme “Encinitas Up Close,” the mosaics depict local flora and fauna, including people, abstract or representational in form, and are dynamic and distinguishable from a distance. The mosaic panels, 3’ x 5’ in size, were designed for the north and south walls of the bike and pedestrian lanes to enhance the use by the public. Frames for the mosaics were inset into the undercrossing walls to give the sense of an outdoor art exhibition.

In July 2020, Caltrans and SANDAG completed construction on new bicycle and pedestrian paths under Interstate 5 (I-5) at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard in the City of Encinitas as part of Build NCC. New ADA-compliant sidewalks and dedicated bicycle lanes, separated from traffic by concrete barriers, now line both the north and south sides of each street. The completion of this project is part of a comprehensive set of Build NCC projects that includes restoring the San Elijo Lagoon, replacing the San Elijo Lagoon highway bridge, constructing one new Carpool/High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane in each direction on I-5 between Manchester Avenue in Encinitas and Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, constructing sound walls, and building the 7-mile North Coast Bike Trail. For more information on Build NCC, visit: www.KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/BuildNCC