Monday, December 7, 2009

freeway mural










Oakland has tons of public murals. This 32-foot tall giraffe by Dan Fontes is on a support pier of the 580 freeway at the Harrison Street on-ramp. The city contracted with Dan in 1983 to create seven (!) giraffe designs for spaces under the freeway. In 1994, after piers were wrapped in steel sheeting for earthquake safety retrofitting, the highway department contracted with Dan to repaint the now hidden original. Who says vast State bureaucracies don't have an aesthetic heart? Anyway, this knock-kneed giant always makes me smile. And an attitude adjustment prior to entering the traffic crawl is always a good thing.

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