There’s a whole lot of paint being slung around town these days as part of the city’s Mural Arts Program. Andrew Kong Knight’s three pieces going up at Cinema Place were the subject of a blog entry earlier this year, and now they are well under way. See some of the murals after the jump.
The paper ran some photos of Suzanne Gayle’s latest piece that was completed in September at Bowman Elementary School, like this shot that included the Daily Review as seen on the screen of an iPad. Gayle has recently started on a number of paintings at Winton Middle School, including a piece featuring cats (Winton Wildcats) that she’s very excited about, being a cat lover and all.
This weekend, Benjamin Goulart will dedicate a mural on the side of Palace Hookah Lounge on Mission Boulevard near Central. It’s a Latin-themed piece, featuring a Mission-style church in the background with celebratory family members as well as a nod to rancheros. “We didn’t want to do a normal mural that you have seen before with Cesar Chavez, we thought there are plenty of those out there,” Goulart said. “Instead we directed this mural to their rich and colorful history.”
This one’s harder to find, but on the soundwall behind the Grand Terrace townhomes near Grand and D Streets, a huge 10,000-square-square-foot multi-panel piece is being painted by Jean Bidwell, who did the animal paintings on downtown utility boxes. It has a variety of elements going on, said Mural Arts Program director Stacey Sorensen, and will be more visible when it rounds the corner of the wall. You can already see it from BART, and the art has effectively deterred grafitti vandals from painting over Bidwell’s work, said Sorensen, which is just the kind of abatement the program is designed for. It was previously a very popular spot for grafitti.
Last but not least is a personal favorite, this agricultural hot-rod race postcard that’s being painted by Josh Powell on the side of the future home of the Hayward Area Historical Society on Foothill. HAHS curator Diane Curry said there’s a lot going on: the area’s agricultural roots, the old Hayward High building in the background, the popular car culture of the area.
There are more murals being lined up, and a push to get one in particular become a reality: A tribute to Michaela Garecht, painted on the wall of the Mexico Super market next to the parking lot where she was kidnapped in 1988.
“It would say, every day, ‘Michaela, we’ll never forget about you,'” said Hayward police Lt. Chris Orrey. Right now it’s just an idea, but it’s one that Orrey has vowed to help make a reality, and Sorensen said she’ll be talking with the property owner in the next week or so.