Exeter CA Orange Harvest

Exeter, CA – Outdoor Art Gallery

Downtown Exeter is the stage for an interesting outdoor art gallery which features over 30 murals painted by different artists.  The stories told in the murals, found on the external walls of the buildings, are of local history, folklore and culture.  You will find this quaint town located near the foothills of the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Exeter CA Outdoor Art Gallery
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Why create an outdoor art gallery? 

Agriculture and cattle ranching developments in the area led to the growth of the township.  Exeter is known for growing the sweetest oranges in the world, and for the captivating murals that are displayed on its walls.

The idea of the murals was born because of the need for the historic town to attract attention in the middle of an economic recession.  Accordingly, some locals came up with the idea of painting the blank brick walls around the town with murals.  The murals represent historic scenes of life in and around the settlement, which is why, for example,  many of the murals feature agricultural themes.  Exeter city government funded the very first mural which is located in the centre of town, called  “Orange Harvest”. (You can see this mural in the featured image at the top of this blog post.)  Later murals were subsequently commissioned by private companies and even individuals.

A few of the murals I saw

As you walk around the town, you see the murals everywhere.  Murals are all painted in individual styles to tell a different story.  Some of the murals take up the full corner of a building and they are so big you feel like you can walk into that scene.  Here are a few of my favourite murals.

Exeter corner mural
Exeter corner mural
Exeter Murals
Murals on the corner of a street

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Where to find the murals

Most of the murals are located centrally, within an 8 block grid.  The grid boundaries are between Palm and Maple streets,  and F and C streets.  As you are walking around the town centre, the terrain is easy walking, with level streets and footpaths.

There is even a mural that is a map of where to find the murals! Ironically, we came across this almost at the end of our visit.

Exeter Mural Map
A Mural that is a map of where to find the murals.

New murals are added to the collection each year.  As a result, the Exeter outdoor art gallery continues to grow.   This wall shows a mural in progress.  It will certainly have been finished by now.

Exeter mural in progress
Exeter mural in progress

The attraction of the murals is partnered by many speciality boutiques, antique shops and charming cafes.

Exeter painted walls on a cafe
Exeter painted walls on a cafe

This makes a winning combination which attracts many visitors to the town every year as a result.  If you are in the area to see the Sequoias, take a coffee break or enjoy lunch with a view in Exeter.

In conclusion, I recommend that is worth your while to visit the town,  take a leisurely stroll through the streets and see the colourful gallery of murals.

More information

Here is a link to the detail of each mural and the map of the town to help you find them before you arrive:  Outdoor Art Gallery

Exeter Gateway to Sequoia

 Find out what other travellers have to say about the  Exeter murals at TripAdvisor

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