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This mural, sprawled across three exterior walls of the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, was recently completed by Jeremiah Kille. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

A new 200-foot mural has gone up across the front of Hotel Paradox on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. 

Artist Jeremiah Kille, who has completed scores of large-scale murals around town, Sacramento and elsewhere, finished the work in November.

The mural spans the front of the building, at 611 Ocean St., and wraps around the corner on the Dakota Avenue side and on the north side of the hotel.

“There are some challenging parts to it, like painting a large monarch butterfly,” Kille said. “It’s not my largest mural but people will definitely spot it as they go along Ocean Street.” 

Kille said he was enchanted by how many people approached him as he painted the mural, asking questions and commenting on his progress.

“Jeremiah is amazing,” said Melissa Begin, Guest Experiences Manager at Hotel Paradox. “We became fast friends after the first time I featured him at our Second Friday Artist Reception in 2021. Fortunately, Paradox’s leadership is as enamored with him and his work as I am, and here we are: Every day I have the luck of being welcomed to work with his mural. I’m reminded of how joyful living in a beach town is and how important it is for a community to support one another.”

hotel paradox mural
The new mural continues around the corner from Ocean Street to Dakota Avenue. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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