How Oakland Can You Be?

November 10th, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 10:47 am

Erased Mural

Tuesday morning. My corner. The mural of the weekend has become performance art. A lesson, like Tibetan sand paintings, in the truth of life — change. And also like the ephemeral art of Tibetan llamas, we can remember it was primarily done to heal and bless the environment and all living beings. The young person I buy coffee from next door sympathizes and guesses that the owner of the building had it painted out. “Maybe it was too Oakland for them,” he offers. (more…)

Weapons of Expression

November 10th, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 12:12 am

42nd Street, Oakland, Mural

Corner of 42nd Street and Telegraph. Here’s the completed mural in the morning light.
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Kulture Soldiers at Work

November 7th, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 4:16 pm

Wow, here’s my friend Desi, a street artist and youth worker, with a crew of young spray-can muralists creating a major work right on my block in the Temescal District of Oakland! This wall on the corner of 42nd and Telegraph has been tagged and painted out a hundred times or more — a spot waiting for just this kind of full-scale expression. The sidewalk is jumping today with hip hop and people watching and taking photos. Cars slow down to enjoy the scene, too. Desi explains the meaning of this particular mural and community rejuvenation. It’s my first spontaneous attempt to use the movie mode on my camera!


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