"On The Map" by Jari “WERC” Alvarez.
“On The Map” by Jari “WERC” Alvarez at the San Diego Airport Authority’s headquarters. Photo by Chris Jennewein

A new mural recognizing San Diego’s contributions to aviation history greets passengers arriving at the airport via Harbor Drive.

The 60-foot-long mural, titled “On The Map,” features vintage San Diego aviation pioneers Glenn Curtiss and Lincoln Beachey in a map-like design on the wall of the administrative offices of the San Diego Airport Authority.

The artwork acknowledges the contributions of female aviators and engineers, and depicts the iconic saw-tooth roof line of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation’s original building on Pacific Highway.

It’s the second in a three-mural commission by Jari “WERC” Alvarez, a former San Diegan and well-known painter and graffiti artist. It replaces the mural “SAN” unveiled in 2014.

In his commitment to the spirit of public art, WERC sought input from both the community and the Teen Art Group of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Perhaps the best-known mural to have graced the building, which was once the commuter terminal, depicted Charles Lindbergh holding a model of his trans-Atlantic “Spirit of St. Louis,” which was built in San Diego. That mural was on display from 1997 to 2012 and is now on a building in Ramona.

The latest mural is scheduled to remain on display through 2022.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.