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
Ok… 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:
- It is literally a stone’s throw from the Oakland border. Close enough in my book…
- It’s simply awesome. I love it! Reminiscent of the work of the unbelievably talented Bansky.
- 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.