Welcome to my first post… WOO HOO!

My goal is to highlight all of the amazing public art that exists in the incredible city of Oakland, California (aka ‘Oaktown’ – my hometown).  One piece of art per day.  Every day.  If possible.

Here’s my first… Suits & Soldiers


oaktownart_20090901_dtlOk… so technically, this mural exists in Emeryville (corner of Adeline & San Pablo) which I’m sure seems a strange choice for my first post about Oakland art.  But I choose this piece as my starting point for three reasons:

  1. It is literally a stone’s throw from the Oakland border. Close enough in my book…
  2. It’s simply awesome.  I love it!  Reminiscent of the work of the unbelievably talented Bansky.
  3. You won’t be able to see it much longer.  The adjacent lot is currently under construction (note bulldozer) and will soon be filled by a new Lanesplitter’s Pizza, which I guess won’t be a horrible addition to the neighborhood, but I will miss this mural.  Go see it now while you have the chance!

The artist is Matt Reynoso… 1/2 of the talented artistic duo behind the Compound Studios & Gallery, a studio and gallery space for over 20 working artists in Oakland.  They’re doing neat stuff.  Check ’em out.

Oakland is COOL.

6 thoughts on “Welcome to my first post… WOO HOO!

  1. Rattlebox

    Cool mural. And your site is a great resource for highlighting Oakland’s thriving arts community. Please keep posting and I am sure you will receive positive support and feedback.

    I an not currently living in Oakland although I still consider it my hometown. Your site makes me excited about returning home and helps me to feel connected while I am way. Thank you.

  2. Ryan Sullivan

    I love this mural so much. It is the perfect first post! Thank you so much for doing this Deb. Great work!!!

  3. Brenda

    I love this Deb! Glad you started this blog. I really love and miss Oakland, and I love the suits and soldiers. I hope you are well!

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