Famous Faces

Way deep in west Berkeley someone went nuts painting famous people up and down an alley. Can you name them all? I see Freida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, a unicorn, Prince, David Bowie, Wonder Woman, Anne Frank, Dolores Huerta, Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, and several others I can’t name. 

La Peña

La Peña is an institution in Berkeley. It was formed by Chilean immigrants in the 70s who were fleeing from the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet. A Piña is a traditional gathering place for music and celebration in Chile and it was were people came together to play Nuevo Cancion, or new music. The musicof protest that was drawn from Chilean folk music. There is still a lot of  this music played at La Peña today, performed by the La Peña Community Chorus. Check them out when you get the chance! 
I don’t know the name of the artist who painted this iconic mural outside of  La Peña but isn’t it a beauty?! 


Here’s a really pretty mural painted by R. Black in honor of Japanese American artist Chiura Obata who was a professor at UC Berkeley and was also imprisoned in the Japanese internment camps during world war II. 
Below is an electrical box that is unsigned but looks like a Nigel Sussman piece. These are both on Telegraph Ave close to the university. 

Graffiti Camp for Girls

In honor of International Woman’s Day today I’m featuring one of a relatively small number of female street artists. This mural was painted by Girl Mobb and a group of young women who were her first class of graffiti camp for girls participants. I think they collaboratively design the mural and then paint it. How bomb is that!? 
She’s gone on to do several more graffiti camps including one in Cambodia for Cambodian young women. 
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City to the Country

I came upon this interesting metal sculpture  in West Berkeley. Starting with a San Francisco city silhouette with city animals like cats and birds, it slowly transitions to farmland with farm animals, and then the mountains and a wild bear.