"From elk tracks to BART tracks." Ohlone Greenway, Berkeley, CA.
shown: detail of the Ohlone settlement
(Untitled). 11 panels. 6600 International Blvd, Oakland, CA.
shown: detail of masks we might wear
"The light of knowledge: A journey of books and friends." Lovonya de Jean Middle School, Richmond, CA.
shown: detail of adolescence to adulthood
"Spring (west), Summer (south), Fall (east), Winter (north)." Four paintings installed on the four walls of a free-standing compost bin; Peralta Community Garden, Berkeley, CA.
shown: "Spring" panel
"The garden is a gateway." Peralta Community Garden, Berkeley, CA.
For a map of these mural sites, click here.
Muraling is an exciting and wonderfully collaborative process that requires building upon the talents and vision of other painters. Mural painting also requires working within unpredictable physical parameters, such as thunderstorms, summer heat evaporating paints as quickly as they are mixed, and vandalism. Through these mural projects, I learned the value of flexibility and the power of art as a community-building tool.
Most of these murals result from the collaborative effort of many artists, led by Oakland muralist Alan Leon.
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