Here are some colorful pieces from North West Berkeley. Don’t know the artist’s name.
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.
Here’s a cute mural from Nigel Sussman in downtown Berkeley. Seems like Berkeley is where all the music’s at.
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 grouping of pieces of street art from around the area of West and North Berkeley. Those metal doors and windows are painted on the wall!
Some beauties from Nigel Sussman on Telegraph Ave.
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.
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.
Make a donation to keep this awesome program going, https://www.graffiticampforgirls.com
These ladies just jump up to catch the light! They are on the grounds of Omega Salvage.
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.