We had a story in today’s paper that went into more detail on Jean Bidwell’s epic mural that’s going up on the BART soundwall near Jackson Street in Hayward. It was mentioned at the end of the story, but bears repeating: Something really cool about this particular mural project is that it’s evolving as Bidwell moves along, and she’s invited the public to weigh in with ideas of things about Hayward that could be put into paint for all to see.
Oso Santistevan told Bidwell he’d like to see Chabot College represented, and there it is. Wouldn’t it be neat to be able to drive (or BART) by the mural, look at it and see your idea is part of the picture?
Bidwell can be contacted through her website, www.jeanbidwell.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, but I thought it might be fun to bounce some ideas around here on the blog. I’ll let her know if it goes somewhere.
I was thinking for historic Hayward, Russell City would make for great material but I recall someone saying that a mural with such a theme has been talked about for that area of town. Even though it’s now an eyesore and its future uncertain, Centennial Tower is pretty iconic of Hayward. Plus I have fond memories of sneaking past the front desk person and climbing a stairwell to throw paper airplanes through an unlocked window grate when I was a young teen. Maybe there could be a combined rendition of the three Hayward City Halls — they might not all be standing forever.
I would also love to see the Pizza Joynt and its mighty wurlitzer represented — a fave post-movie spot that’s been gone for a while. Also ate my fair share of Caspers hot dogs in my time and more than once failed to finish the daunting yet value-priced La Imperial super burrito, just in case there’s a food theme planned for a panel.
Any thoughts? I know a lot of HayWord readers have been in the area for a very long time, there must be some ideas out there. Let’s toss some at the sound wall and see if anything sticks!