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AT&T Building Getting Facelift Thanks to Todd Stands and Friends from the Imperial Beach Arts Bureau

Jun 09, 2018 09:04PM ● By Paul Spear

AT&T Building Getting Facelift Thanks to Todd Stands and Friends from the Imperial Beach Arts Bureau and IB Beautiful  

Above, Todd Stands got all the canvases glued to the wall Thursday with the help of friends Tim and Ollie. Ollie working in the belly of the whale. Dave Frink provided help as well on this project which at time of publication was expected to be completed very soon with a communication theme of the birds communicating with each other as well as the two whales communicating to each other to provide a "communication theme" to match AT&T as a company that provides communication to its customers.

The previous project, completed in April,  led by Todd and Allen Wiseley near the Bay Shore Bikeway was a huge success and had lots of the community involved in painting the wall. (see: IB Arts Bureau's Rock the Wall Mural Project Gets Large Community Turnout Sunday)  

Todd Stands a member of the IB Art Bureau is leading the effort on the AT&T Building and is currently looking for anyone who would like to participate. Some of the Mural projects are being done by the IB Arts Bureau themselves as a project they call "Rock the Walls". They or a member of the group will probably have a hand in most of the projects being done. 

City Councilman Mark West has been busy contacting a business to see who is interested in having a mural on their wall or building. As was the case with the 7 Eleven at Palm and 2nd Street and Soapy Joe's Car Wash located at Palm Avenue & 13th Street, Mark recruited Pangea Seed to do the artwork. In the other cases, it has been directly or indirectly done by the IB Arts Bureau or one of their members like Todd Stands, who is doing the AT&T Building with help from members of the IB Arts Bureau or other volunteers.

Whoever is handling it, one thing is certain, besides the City of IB that is pitching in some of the money, the vast majority of work is being funded by IB Beautiful who is best known for running our local Farmers Market every Friday. In the case of the AT&T Building, IB Beautiful has contributed $8,000 for this project and if you include the Art Park and other recent projects have contributed well over $20,000 for these beautification projects. 

The City Council has been aggressively pushing beautification projects within our City. The Mayor has made getting rid of empty lots that aren't being maintained by their owners and collecting trash one of his many aggressive campaigns. two of these lots have been turned into parks. The first, known as the Art Park was a fenced lot that had been collecting trash for years across the street from Pier South. The 2nd vacant lot turned into a park was at 10th and Iris.

Volunteers Needed for IB Art Bureau Rock the Wall Projects this Year!

Attention all artists, want to be artists or volunteers just looking for something to do, you are invited to get involved in any of the other mural projects being planned around Imperial Beach from August through the end of the year. There are many more projects planned. They are hoping to start 4 around August and get a couple more in after that before the end of the year. They will need artists, amateur artists, and volunteer helpers.                         

If you would be interested in volunteering your skills or help, you can reach Todd via email at or If you are a business and interested in participating, you can contact Mark West via the City of Imperial Beach at

Below, Todd Stands (left) and David Frink



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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach 

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