Art around San Diego Bay

Art, culture and community accessibility to San Diego Bay are top priorities of the Port of San Diego. The Port’s Public Art Program, an important element of that vision, was created to promote a healthy, vibrant atmosphere that contributes to the quality and identity of the region. The Port's public art collection — known as the "Tidelands Collection" — has received international recognition for its creative projects. These projects celebrate San Diego's international ties, cultural diversity, military significance and unique oceanfront environment.

With several upcoming installations, the collection will continue to provide the tidelands with stimulating works of art. Please take time and enjoy the artistic side of San Diego entertainment.


Aircraft Carrier Memorial bronze sculptures by T.J.Dixon & James Nelson 
Art Playground at Cesar Chavez Park by Thomas Donch (InterPlay Design, Inc.)
Artist Picnic Tables by Various Artists
Banner Art by John Banks
Battle of Leyte Gulf Memorial Admiral Sprague bust by Moon Kim
Bayside Seating by Doug Snider
Benefit of Mr. Kite by Mags Harries & Lajos Heder
Bubble Bath by Dan Hill
Cancer Survivors Park
Cannery Workers Tribute by Valerie Salatino & Nancy Moran
Children's Park Fountain by Peter Walker
Coming Together by Niki de Saint Phalle
Flame of Friendship by Leonardo Nierman
Gaspar De Portola Monument by Billy Fitzgerald
Historic Railcar Plaza
Homecoming by Stanley Bleifeld
Illuminations by Mary Lynn Dominguez  
Konoids by Kenneth Capps
Mermaids by Linda Joanou
Morning by Donal Hord
National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military by Eugene Daub and Steven Whyte
Ocean Dances by Kim Emerson
Ocean Song by Alber Matteis
Ocean Riders by Wyland
Pacific Portal by James T. Hubbell
Pacific Spirit by James T. Hubbell 
Pearl of the Pacific by James T. Hubbell
Ron McElliott Memorial Wind Harp by Ross Barrable
Sculptural Fountain by Scot Williams
Sea Passage by James Hubbell
Seaside Seating by Doug Snider 
Sheltering Wings by Christopher Slatoff
Spirit of Imperial Beach by A. Wasil
Surfboard Benches by Malcolm Jones 
Surfhenge by Malcolm Jones & Mary Lynn Dominguez
Tails of the Big Bay by Annika Nelson
The Fisherman by Stephen Fairfield
The Fish Tree by Artist: Zbigniew Pingot and Tobias Flores
The Logan Heights Historical Murals by Dale Marsh/Tile Artisans 
Tunaman's Memorial by Franco Vianello
Unconditional Surrender by J. Seward Johnson
Urban Trees by 30 Artists 
USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial by Eugene Daub & Louis Quaintance
Walking Figures by Magdalena Abakanowicz
Wind Oars by George Peters & Melanie Walker
Yokohama Friendship Bell by Masahiko Katori


The Port of San Diego's Public Art Program is inspired by a variety of goals including encouraging artistic expression, inspiring a sense of civic pride, addressing social issues and integrating the arts into a community partnership process. Since 1996, the Port's Public Art Program was responsible for more than 100 artworks along San Diego Harbor , the Imperial Beach oceanfront and at San Diego International Airport. New projects are in the works, so plan to visit again from time to time.