History Through Art

Art depicting the history of Sunnyvale can be found around town.  Here are some examples.

Murphy Street Scene

This sculpture is near the entrance to the museum.  It depicts a street scene from the agricultural period.  Click here for location.

Murphy Street Scene

Murphy Street Scene, sculpture by John Battenberg, Orchard Heritage Park

Back View of Sky Through Bird

Back view of cloudy sky through bird in Murphy Street Scene

Sunrise Orchard View behind hoe from Murphy Street Scene, September 21, 2016

Sunrise Orchard View behind hoe from Murphy Street Scene, September 21, 2016

Libby Water Tower

Libby’s was the largest employer in Sunnyvale in the early 1920’s and the fruit cannery here was one of the largest in the world.  This water tower was painted in the 1970’s with the fruit cocktail label from that time.  The cannery closed in 1985 and was replaced with an office park, but the water tower was preserved and declared an historic site. Sunnyvale artist Anita Kaplan was commissioned to repaint the water tower to look like Libby’s fruit cocktail can from 1930.  Click here for location.

Libby Water Tower 1970

Libby Water Tower 1970’s design

Libby Water Tower 1930 design

Current Libby Water Tower with restored 1930 design

Murphy Park Murals

These 2 murals were installed in Murphy Park in 2015 on the side of the park building.  Click here for location.

Murphy Park Mural

Murphy Park Mural, arrival by covered wagon

Murphy Park Mural

Murphy Park Mural, orchards and railroad

Goodwill Downtown Sunnyvale

The Goodwill building in downtown Sunnyvale has these 3 murals.  Click here for location.

Goodwill Mural

Goodwill Mural, Murphy Station

Goodwill Mura

Goodwill Mural, water wagon controls road dust

Goodwill Mural

Goodwill Mural, Moffett Field

Trader Joe’s Sunnyvale

Trader Joe’s in Sunnyvale relocated in 2013 to a new and larger store, which was decorated with lots of Sunnyvale history art!  Click here for location.

Trader Joe Mural, Murphy Park

Trader Joe Mural, Murphy Park

Trader Joe Mural, orchards

Trader Joe Mural, orchards

Trader Joe Mural, cherries

Trader Joe Mural, cherries

Trader Joe Mural, water tank

Trader Joe model of LIbby water tower

Trader Joe Mural, Hendy Iron Works

Trader Joe Mural, Hendy Iron Works

Trader Joe Mural, fire truck

Trader Joe Mural, fire truck

Trader Joe Mural, Moffett plane

Trader Joe model of Moffett plane

Trader Joe Mural, Murphy Avenue

Trader Joe Mural, Murphy Avenue

Trader Joe Mural, Wild Parrots

Trader Joe Diorama, Wild Parrots

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