Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Mural: Oakland Grill

This mural decorates the Oakland Grill which is located in the old warehouse produce district.  This work contains all the local references an Oaklander values.  In the far left is native son Jack London with the husky from Call of the Wild.  Behind him are the cranes at the Port of Oakland.  The next panel references our local pro sports teams, Lake Merritt, City Hall, and the Grand Lake Theater.  At the near table are Jerry Brown and Ron Dellums, previous mayors (Jerry is now our governor).  Having coffee with them is, I believe, Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple.

If you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You get to decide what constitutes a mural.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.  I will be out of town for several days but will do my best to leave comments.

15 comments:

  1. That's a fascinating "Oakland" mural and I'm glad you explained it. Didn't know Alice Walker was from your town... I've read a number of her books and saw the movie and theater version of Color Purple. (Not a biggie: you mistyped her name.)

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  2. Nice find... and much more gentrified than my post of a bar-and-grill mural. Wonder how reflective it is of the local cultures?

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  3. That's very nice. I'm amazed at how many murals you have!

    And I absolutely love that giant bird!

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  4. I like the simplicity of the style of painting in this, and the historical local references.

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  5. Great mural and thanks for explaining what it represents.

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  6. The colors are so vibrant! I love the references to the local scene - my favorite football team has always been the Oakland Raiders (even when they weren't in Oakland!)...and I always enjoy the history behind the subjects!

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  7. Pretty cool. It is almost like a Grandma MOses on the wall.

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  8. I love that even this restaurant shows pride in the state!

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  9. here we are only stupid tag on wall

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  10. The naïf look of this one is pretty cool.

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  11. Very impressive!
    Thank you for hosting.

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  12. I like all the local references!

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  13. Thanks for telling us about everything there is to see in this mural. At first glance it just looked like an random scene to me. Nice!

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  14. Lots of people and points of interest in this one. I'll plan on hanging out with the bigshots one of these days. :)

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  15. I do like a mural that tells a story.. I enjoy the way the artist has depicted life and personalities in Oakland in such a fun and colourful way.

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