Ribbon cutting

New Mural at Electrical Substation Tells the Story of South County


A colorful mural highlighting the history of South County – including its naval and agricultural past, as well as its binational character – was officially unveiled today at a ribbon cutting ceremony.


The mural was painted by 4 Walls International, a local nonprofit, on the exteriors of our substation located on Palm Avenue where Imperial Beach and South San Diego neighborhoods of Nestor and Egger Highlands meet.


We joined forces with community members, the South County Economic Development Corporation (South County EDC) and the office of San Diego City Council member David Alvarez to create the unique art display to enhance the substation’s appearance.


Project sponsors, artists and community members, including Alvarez, 4 Walls’ Steven Wright, and Doug Kerner, chair of the South County EDC gathered this morning at the substation to celebrate the community-inspired artwork. The mural is part of a larger effort to revitalize the Palm Avenue corridor, which runs through Imperial Beach and the southern portion of the City of San Diego.


Drawn from Community Inspiration


4 Walls International was the catalyst for the art project, engaging local community members to create the vision for the mural based on local history and identity. The nonprofit held a series of community dialogues to solicit input on the design. It took approximately six months to complete the project, including the permitting process, construction of a new block wall, and mural installation.


We supported the artwork by beautifying other aspects of the substation. Efforts included installing artificial ivy to deter graffiti and upgrading the landscaping by installing drought-tolerant plants and decomposed granite.