Tuesday 21 May 2019
La Princesa Xochitl Mural 2016, Artist: Mario Cid, 23rd Street at South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Adriane Colburn Deborah Butterfield Allison Torneos Stephanie Scuris Amos Goildbaum Monty Guy R.M. Fischer (1947-) Zio Ziegler Hyuro Dan Fontes

A colorful cameleon crawled on the ground under roses just below Princesa Xochitl's feet. The two parrots that were posed on a cut tree behind Princesa Xochitl. One had a red head, the other had a green head. A closer shot showing the leopard's face. Clearly, Princesa Xochitl could calm even a ferocious leopard. In the bottom right of the mural, just below a window, a sign describing the mural had been painted. It read in part, "La Princesa Xochitl, (La Flor mas bella del campo)" The Princesa Xochitl sat on a boulder with her arm around a leopard, with two parrots behind, and a large "Mission" sign next to her. View all


Monday 20 May 2019
Flower Mural, Artist: Unknown, 17th and J Streets, Sacramento, California

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Up close it became obvious that the mural had been painted over a cinder block wall. A black, gray, and white rose mural was painted on a gray wall of a cinder block building, and drawn next to a gray gas meter. A large, black and white mural of a flower decorated the side of a building. The mural faced a parking lot and was visible to passing pedestrians, but not to passing cars. The mural as it looked by anyone peering just past a parked car. It was a striking image of a rose that would inject a bit of sweetness into anyone's day. View all


Sunday 19 May 2019
Old Soul Co Mural, Artist: Unknown, An Advertising Mural, Rear Alley, 1716 L Street, Sacramento, California

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A later floral mural was painted on that wall. It carefully incorporated the earlier commercial mural into itself. The sign was a mural painted on the side of 1716 L Street, Sacramento, California. It read, "OLD SOUL CO." and "Roasters • Bakers • Artisans" and "☜ In The Alley". View all


Saturday 18 May 2019
Janitorial Tools, As Artificial People

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Three mops waited on the porch railing of a high school in San Francisco, California. They waited outside a door, as if in trouble for a classroom fight. Perhaps the two gray haired mops fought the blue haired mop, and now all three were in trouble. Twin mops with blue hair hung out on the porch railing of a High School in San Francisco, California. Both mops appeared angry as if upset by some high school affront recently felt. View all


Friday 17 May 2019
Whaio Mural, Artist: Amanda Lynn, On a wall of Alioto's Garage, 1835 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California

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The artist's signature was at the base of the mural. It indicated that the mural was by, "A.Lynn," or Amanda Lynn. The word, "Whaio" was sketched in pink below the signature. It was either the title of the mural, or was added later as a bit of graffiti. We chose to interpret it as the title. There was no indication of when (in what year) the mural was painted. An image of a woman, apparently bound, and reduced to a skeleton inside her clothes. The mural is narrow because it was painted on a narrow concrete pillar that formed part of the entrance to Alioto's Garage on Folsom Street. View all


Thursday 16 May 2019
Original Naval Flash Mural 2018, Artist: Unknown, In Honor Of Artist: Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, 19th Street and Folsom Street, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Bip (Believe in People) Laura Kimpton Brian McEneny Frank Shepard Fairey Ricky Watts Hua Tunan Tim Foley Bruce Beasley Yurik Riegel Timothy Biggs

The upper right of the mural showed a mirror image flag, stars, birds, and fish. But the words on this side were different, instead reading, "Cradle of the Deep." A Naval Flash is a symbolic representation of an identifying naval mark. Here it indicates a reproduction of a famous tattoo by Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, tattoo artist. The upper left corner of the mural the stars and stripes of a flag, with a "Rocked in The," banner over it. The banner emerged from the bordering rope. A distant star, sea birds, and a fish-like creature decorated the flag. View all


Wednesday 15 May 2019
Downtown Berkeley Bicycles Mural 2019. Artist: Unknown, Corner of Shattuck and University Avenues, Berkeley, California

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This mural was accented in red and featured a red bird on a red fruit tree being towed in a wagon behind a person wearing a red backpack with an owl on a perch. A person with a taco head sat cross legged on a platform and meditated while riding a three-wheeled bicycle. The bicycle just entering the scene on the left carried a crystal ball instead of handle bars. The bicycle in the center had an owl on a perch and towed a fruit tree in a wagon. A fence was erected to keep pedestrians away from renewal construction. The mural of abstract bicycle riders was printed on fabric and applied to that fence. The building behind the fence was labeled Snoopy. View all


Tuesday 14 May 2019
Jazz Alley Mural 2018, Artist: Jake Castro, Located along a wall of Jazz Alley, Sacramento, California

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Another design featured rectangles within rectangles, and curves within curves as part of its design elements. The right grouping of four designs faced rainbow strips on the facing wall. This right grouping appeared to be unique, yet each held similar designs and colors to their neighbors. The murals were painted on the back side of a tall brick building. They added color and lightness to an otherwise drab brick wall. This last shot is a closer look at the grouping of four designs. Notice the sharpness of the details, and the precise geometric elements. View all


Monday 13 May 2019
Sacramento Drawings, Art From Public Objects, Artist: Tom Bob, An American Artist, Based in New York City

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A girl on a pogo stick was created from an electric pipe emerging from the ground and terminating at a metal box. With just a bit of paint, the dull box was turned into a delightful girl on a pogo stick. A metal bumper, intended to protect the corner of a concrete building, had been converted into a delightful image of a boy posed in a hand stand. Sadly he had posed so long that a plant grew over one hand, and dirt had given him the appearance of a tough beard. View all


Sunday 12 May 2019
Pioneer Park, A Park, In Old Sacramento, Sacramento, California

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Fallen steel columns lay on the ground and litter the area around the roots of a tree. A metal column had fallen and rested on the ground next to the bottom of the staircase. During the late 1800's, after Old Town had been destroyed by repeated floods, the streets of Old Town were raised to prevent flooding. It was this raising of roads that created the contemporary tunnels for tunnel tours. The top of one of the columns revealed fancy details that had one time existed, before age and corrosion began to deface them. An old plaque on a headstone was found in the park. It began, "RIP Tim & Sam, 1976 - 1996" View all


Saturday 11 May 2019
Teach Peace Mural 2019, Artist: Jorit Agoch, An Italian Artist, 1123 J Street, Sacramento, California

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The mural by Tavar Zawacki and this mural by Jorit Agoch shared a building. The mural by Jorit Agoch was to the right and on a different face of the building that that of Tavar Zawacki. A closer shot of the peace symbol. The eagle's face and wing were much clearer up close. The tail of the dragon's tail swooped in from the right. The mural depicted a peace symbol at the neck of the child. A dark eagle and a dark dragon wrestled for possession of the peace symbol. The sign that read, "Teach Peace," was cleverly drawn so that the three central letters were shared by both words. Above the sign was a flame, and below the sign was an infinity symbol. View all


Friday 10 May 2019
Johnny Cash Mural 2018, Artist: Frank Shepard Fairey, Wide Open Walls Festival, Residence Inn, 1121 15th Street, Mural on L Street East Wall, Sacramento, California

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The Johnny Cash mural by Frank Shepard Fairey as it could be glimpsed through trees. Some bare for winter, others evergreen. The Johnny Cash mural by artist Frank Shepard Fairey as viewed from the sidewalk of L Street while walking towards the mural. The Johnny Cash Mural was so large it was visible from far away, as per the example of this alley on a rainy afternoon. In the upper right of the Johnny Cash mural by Frank Shepard Fairey were the words, "Public Enemy." Next to the words was a symbol that resembled a grate over a street drain. In the upper left of the Johnny Cash mural was the expression, "United Prisoners Union, Bill Of Rights." View all


Thursday 9 May 2019
Statues And Lights 2018, Artist: Sam Sellers, Utility Box Art, Capitol Box Art Project, 15th Street And L Street, Sacramento, California

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The street facing side of the decorated traffic control box had a more formal feeling than did the other three sides of the art. The decorated traffic control box was located just outside a hotel bar. It was a photo montage of sights and lights found around downtown Sacramento, California. The face of the traffic control box with its back to the street, targeted a face over an outline of the capital building. The end of the traffic control box facing down the sidewalk, with its back to the street. The design was reminiscent of the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang. View all


Wednesday 8 May 2019
Rooster Mural 2018, Artist: Dave Young Kim, Bay Area Mural Festival, @bayareamuralfestival, 3rd Street and Webster Street, Oakland, California

Some related stories: Betsy Wolfston Barbara Hepworth Franco Fasoli Rivelino Nathan Richard Phelps P Vandenberge Mr. And Mrs. Ferguson Art Don Kennell And Lisa Adler Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang Dave Haslett

The rooster's tail feathers extended below the white board and rested atop the asphalt of the parking lot. The feathers were painted using careful details. Dan Young Kim's mural of a large rooster occupied almost the entire wall of the apartment building. The rooster appeared to stand on a white board attached horizontally to the side of the building. The rooster's head was painted in respectful detail. It comb, beak, eye, wattle and hackle were painted in precise detail in front of a white and gray designed background. View all


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