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Cameron Woodward

41 neighbors want to invite the most creative graffiti artists to claim walls of publicly maintained underpasses in Downtown Oakland.

Oakland is a special place.

Our community is incredibly diverse. We have an unbeatable urban culture and many talented street artists. Throughout Oakland these artists find blank canvas on walls, underpasses, and buildings to create unique expressive graffiti - it’s a part of the Oakland environment.

No matter how often the City of Oakland tries to paint over the graffiti, it’s back in some form in less than a month. I think it’s time to stop fighting an unwinnable war - if you can’t beat them, join them.

I propose that Oakland invite the most talented & creative mural and street artists to claim walls of publicly maintained underpasses and allow the artists to have at it. Beautiful public art that fits in with the culture of Oakland. Let’s live with beautiful public art and keep Oakland awesome.

Win-Win-Win

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Dan

Now this is how you design a freeway underpass - www.curbed.com/2016/8/11/12441...

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Now this is how you design a freeway underpass

A smart redesign of a California city’s busiest underpass reveals a well-lit path fringed with public art, landscaping, and a sweeping 26-foot-wide sidewalk.

www.curbed.com/2016/8/11/12441...

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Posted Aug 11, 2016
andrew danish
andrew danish
Aug 12, 2016

Dan, this is awesome!
I'm sure politically it's very difficult to get things done with the Broadway / 880 underpass but c'mon, we can do better than off-putting freeway barriers. With all the artists in Oakland...

Posted by andrew danish on Aug 12, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 12, 2016

It feels like a good model for Broadway under 880, right?

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andrew danish

GREAT idea! How do we track progress?

How about this guy for the Jack London Square underpass?
thecreatorsproject.vice.com/bl...

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Posted Jan 27, 2016
Dan
Dan
Jan 27, 2016

Whoah ... love this. Thanks for posting Andrew!

Posted by Dan on Jan 27, 2016
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Andy
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Obey in Oakland.

So above is one of the first photos I snapped after putting my blog on hold. I took it in August. I was on my way to a work meeting and was running late, so I just snapped this one first pic, which...

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Posted Aug 25, 2013
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Andy

Here's a perfect example:

oaktownart.com/2012/07/24/ahc-...

I am IN AWE.

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ARTIST INTERVIEW: Colin David Harris discusses AHC's new mural in West Oakland

A wonderful new mural is gracing the underpass of the 580 freeway at San Pablo in West Oakland.  I can't tell you how many hundreds of times I must have driven past this previously blank stretch of...

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Posted Aug 25, 2013
Dan Woloz
Dan Woloz
Aug 25, 2013

The folks responsible for this work (ahc-oakland.org/artesteem/) are considering another at the Market St 580 overpass as well. The idea to utilize the light peeking through the center of the overpass is brilliant

Posted by Dan Woloz on Aug 25, 2013
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Dan

Here's a great project from Birmingham Alabama - thecreatorsproject.vice.com/bl...

No one likes to walk through an underpass late at night on their own, much less one that's fallen into disrepair. You've probably seen way too many horror movies for it to be a comfortable experience. But artist Bill FitzGibbons has found a solution, by transformed the dark, uninviting environment of the 18th Street underpass in Birmingham, Alabama into a rainbow-lit tunnel in his installation LightRails.

Built in 1931, the tunnel's Art Deco design is lit up with a network of thousands of LEDs which are hooked up to a computerized system so the artist can program from a range of 16 million different options, varying speed and color to create different moods.

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Posted Aug 5, 2013
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Tom K.

This project in Edmonton could be inspiration for something in Oakland. Any organizations that may be interested in helping see this through?

"The two-year graffiti free wall project is the work of the Edmonton Arts Council and Capital City Cleanup. The walls, being called open sourced street art zones, will be located on a tennis court building near Edith Rogers Junior High School in Mill Woods"

www.edmontonjournal.com/travel...

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Three new legal graffiti sites could brighten Edmonton’s public art scene

Believe it or not, Edmonton residents are passionate about public art, which is why three new walls sanctioned for graffiti might be a good fit for a city that can’t stop talking about a pyramid of shiny balls alongside the Quesnell Bridge.

www.edmontonjournal.com/travel...

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Posted Jul 8, 2013
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Dan Woloz

The 580 underpass at San Pablo just had a mural completed and in the future the same organization will be painting the underpass at Market St and the underpass at MLK

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Posted Aug 11, 2012
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Mike Linksvayer

@Alan similar but way less unintentionally artistic, there's the "silver buff" in Berkeley. I can't condone the vigilantes, but I'm glad other people appreciate unintentional abatement art. I've joked about forming the Society for the Digital Preservation of Unintentional Graffiti Abatement Art, which has a great pronunciation ... SDPUGAA!

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Posted Aug 3, 2012
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Alan Joseph Williams

@Mike there was a vigilante graffiti-abater in New Orleans that people called "the grey ghost". He produced amazing art! He would use different shades of grey, usually warmer greys, and layer them in increasingly small areas, unintentionally creating a false depth of field.

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Mike Linksvayer

I think graffiti abatement unintentionally makes some great art. Too bad it will never be recognized. Therefore I support this idea...

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Posted Aug 2, 2012
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