Walking into Rite Aid is great. For the last few years, patrons of the drug store have been greeted with this gorgeous mural painted by Carolee Merrill.
I still remember when the dark walkway felt distinctly more noir:
I admire the colorful, vintage-inspired mural every time I visit the store. South Pasadena crams a lot of gorgeous public art into a small amount of square footage, including the ongoing SPARC utility box art project. Nicely done, South Pas.
So what, exactly, does the mural represent with that mouth-watering platter of oranges? Carolee explained at the 2013 unveiling:
"It depicts the orange crate label art that was popular between 1900 and 1945 when orange groves grew throughout Los Angeles and Orange County."
I love it!
Here's Carolee explaining further:
For more Carolee Merrill's work, click here, and see more from her YouTube channel here.
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