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Life in the Golden City

"Life in the Golden City" by Roger Reyes is a utility box mural featuring gold silhouettes of Santa Ana's iconic landmarks and historic buildings. The 2014 work is at the intersection of Fourth and Main streets. (Photo courtesy Jamila Moore Pewu)

Life in the Golden City 

Roger Reyes, 2014

Life in the Golden City by Roger Reyes is a 4-panel mural painted on a utility box highlighting Santa Ana’s iconic landmarks. Each panel features a golden-painted silhouette of a historic building in Santa Ana.

The first panel depicts the Santora Building, which became a symbol of local artist community resistance over the future of Downtown Santa Ana; the Santora Building had recently changed  ownership causing concern among the artist community.

The next panel features the silhouette of the Spurgean Building using the meter on the utility box to suggest the clock tower.

The following side depicts the Santa Ana Water Tower with the writing “Downtown Santa Ana” mirroring “Downtown Orange County” on the actual water tower.

The last side depicts the Old Orange County Courthouse which has been converted into the Orange County History Center.

Category: Utility Box
Location: Santa Ana

Date created: 2014

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