THE BLUE LOT

Downtown Santa Ana

THE BLUE LOT

Downtown Santa Ana

The Blue Lot

Mandala Mural at the Blue Lot
3d wall art mural in downtown Santa Ana by Zak Perez
Black and gold calligraffiti mural
Black and gold 3d wall art calligraffiti mural
Mandala Mural at the Blue Lot 3d wall art mural in downtown Santa Ana by Zak Perez Black and gold calligraffiti mural Black and gold 3d wall art calligraffiti mural
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Outdoor Street Art Gallery

Blue Lot Santa Ana Mural
If you’re a local of Santa Ana, you’ve likely seen the Blue Lot at the corner of First St. and Bush. The Blue Lot is an outdoor street art gallery dedicated to murals from both local and international artists. While most of the pieces are created using spray paint, one standout artwork is a 42-foot-long mandala that towers at 12 feet tall. What sets it apart is that it’s the only mural in the lot that was painted using brushes, adding a unique texture to the already-vibrant collection of public art.

The calligraffiti mural created by artist Perez, is a prime example of his signature style that features subliminal messaging. On first glance, the artwork may appear abstract and non-representational, but upon closer inspection, the brushstrokes reveal words that make up the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. Perez crafted this piece as a symbol of unity and hope, believing that those values are more important than ever in today’s world. Through his art, Perez aims to inspire positivity and a brighter future for all.

The History of the Blue Lot

Blue Lot mural tribute to Ukraine
In the 1950s, the Blue Lot was a regular car dealership, but over time, its purpose changed. Soon, the lot became a blank canvas for taggers and graffiti artists to showcase their skills. The graffiti style of the pieces was very different from what you might see today, with artists often just writing their names and paint crews.

However, the city of Santa Ana wasn’t thrilled with the direction the Blue Lot was heading in. That all changed when Ruben Salazar became the property manager. Ruben has curated some truly stunning street art on the walls of the Blue Lot, using a variety of colors, styles, and techniques to create a visually striking space.

Ruben has also worked tirelessly to change the public perception of the Blue Lot. As he explains, “The Blue Lot is a local street art Gallery that is dedicated to preserving our cities history, culture, heritage.” Today, Ruben works closely with the city and council members of Santa Ana to ensure that the Blue Lot continues to be a positive force in the community.

In addition to the stunning street art, the Blue Lot also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. From live music festivals to art shows, toy drives to food drives, the Blue Lot is a hub of community activity. As Ruben notes, “I want the Blue Lot to be a place where everyone feels welcome and where we can all come together to celebrate art, music, and community.”

Whenever you’re in DTSA visiting the Blue Lot make sure to also take a quick five minute walk to check out other businesses in the area like GCS and the 4th Street Market.

My First Mural at The Blue Lot

Mural at The Blue Lot in Downtown Santa Ana by Zak Perez
Blue Lot Mural in Santa Ana by Zak Perez
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This mural was my first collaboration with the talented Alepsis Hernandes. We met while painting murals at the Art Supply Warehouse and instantly recognized the potential in combining our styles. Excited by the opportunity, we decided to create something remarkable at The Blue Lot.

I embraced the chance to experiment with a new color scheme, and the outcome exceeded my expectations. The vibrant background came to life as I painted, harmonizing the space. Collaborating with other artists always sparks my creativity.

Alepsis, based in Long Beach, brought her crazy spray paint skills to The Blue Lot, crafting a striking portrait of a young girl. This mural symbolizes the importance of today’s youth and serves as a gentle reminder of their pivotal role in shaping our future.

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