On one my frequent routes, I pass these two outstanding botanical murals by Mark Venaglia. They're on the side of a large, newish apartment building that's pretty unremarkable otherwise. The murals are a fanciful interpretation of a view from beneath Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, as if observed through a lens borrowed from Alice in Wonderland.
I applaud the artist for creating these unexpected splashes of beauty and I applaud whomever commissioned these murals. I might have noticed them if I was speeding past in a car, but wouldn't have been able to appreciate their delicateness. I certainly couldn't have seen the small message the artist penned in each panel along with his signature.
You can read more about Mark Venaglia here.
Here's Panel 1:
A message from the artist, his signature and some graffiti:
The second panel:
Another message from the artist and his signature: