Fresno Beehive

Did they just say Fresno? Murals edition

An iPhone panorama image taken of the recently completed Fresno stamp mural by FranCisco Vargas in downtown Fresno. The website Thrillist named Fresno as one of the best cities in the US to see street art.
An iPhone panorama image taken of the recently completed Fresno stamp mural by FranCisco Vargas in downtown Fresno. The website Thrillist named Fresno as one of the best cities in the US to see street art. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

File this under: “Stuff We’ve Been Saying for Years.”

Or: It’s about time.

The digital media company Thrillist recently included Fresno in its list of the best cities in America for street art. Which means, for the sake of the Thrillist piece at least, Fresno ranks alongside Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Detroit (and Philly, Honolulu and Baltimore).

The piece mentions the Mural District and developer Reza Assemi, by name.

“Sometimes mural projects are led by artist collectives and/or community development organizations, and sometimes an enterprising developer sees the value in public art without needing to be approached by such collectives and organizations.”

Most times, and in the case of Fresno for sure, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. But, Assemi was as integral as anyone in leading the charge in Fresno, so I’ll let the simplification stand.

For those really interested in Fresno’s street art scene, Creative Fresno put together this online map. It’s far from comprehensive at this point, but still pretty freaking cool.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

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