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A Guide to the Most Important Murals in Oakland Right This Second

And where to find them.

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The Easter Rabbit by Nychos (2014)

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Oakland Super Heroes Mural #3 by Javier Rocabado and West Oakland Middle School students (2015)

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Plan Bee tribute by Dream (1993)

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Rise & Grind by Illuminaries (2017)

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There’s More to Green Than Money by Jet Martinez (2016)

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Jade tribute by Mike (2013)

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Ghost Ship tribute by Vogue (2017)

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Untitled by Vogue (2015)

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Untitled by Zio Ziegler for the United Nations (2015)

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1. The Easter Rabbit
by Nychos (2014), Webster St. at 15th St.
Austrian artist Nychos is known for his intricate and fantastical anatomy pieces—inspired in part by the gruesome scenes he witnessed while hunting with his father and grandfather.

2. Oakland Super Heroes Mural #3 by Javier Rocabado and West Oakland Middle School students (2015), West St. between 35th St. and 36th St.
Production of this anti-violence mural was halted when one of the volunteer artists, Antonio Ramos, was murdered while painting it. Project organizers completed the work weeks later and dedicated it to Ramos.

3. Plan Bee tribute by Dream (1993), International Blvd. near 103rd Ave.
Dream (graffiti writer Vogue’s brother) painted this piece to commemorate his friendship with Oakland rapper Plan Bee, who was killed in a 1992 drive-by shooting in Oakland. This is Dream’s last original work left standing: He was killed eight years later in another case of gun violence.

4. Rise & Grind by Illuminaries (2017), 19th St. at Webster St.
Claimed to be the largest mural in Oakland, it features Oakland A’s mascot Stomper carrying the Oakland Tribune Tower and the Coliseum on his back. “We pride ourselves on getting the community involved,” says Steve Ha of Illuminaries, which partnered with the A’s and PG&E on the piece.

5. There’s More to Green Than Money by Jet Martinez (2016), Thomas L. Berkley Way near Telegraph Ave.
Martinez’s color scheme was inspired by the green terra-cotta facade of the 1933 I. Magnin building that the piece is painted on. “Let’s not do some jarring kind of crazy, colorful art piece that totally disrupts the beautiful green nature of this retro building,” mural curator Sorell Raino-Tsui of ABG Art Group says.

6. Jade tribute by Mike (2013), Telegraph Ave. at Thomas L. Berkley Way
Painted by Mike and a number of collaborators, the wall is a tribute to the graffiti writer Jade, who died in 2013 at age 37. “We just started doing it illegally as if we had permission,” Mike says. When the business owner came outside and found out it was a memorial piece, he let them finish, and he has kept the wall intact since then.

7. Ghost Ship tribute by Vogue (2017), 12th St. at 28th Ave.
Vogue says he was honored to paint the mural dedicated to the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire victims, survivors, and their families. The piece features a scroll of names and a flock of 36 white doves, one for each victim.

8. Untitled by Vogue (2015), Webster St. at 15th St.
Commissioned by the spray paint company MTN, Vogue painted the photorealistic metallic skull for the label of his Montana Colors limited-edition can.

9. Untitled by Zio Ziegler for the United Nations (2015), 1615 Broadway
Raino-Tsui curated this piece to help bring legitimacy to the art form. “When you bring in the United Nations, it’s kinda like, ‘Oh shit.’”

 

Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco 

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