Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Buddha in West Oakland

This and an accompanying mural are found on Mandala Parkway and 20th Street.  It was designed by Desi, an Oakland street artist, as part of a summer program with West Oakland youth.  It is not readily apparent, but the "canvas" is an old railroad car placed on railroad ties.  I understand this is not everyone's cup of tea but it is something to consider.  You may argue whether or not it's art, but I don't think of it as a blight like tagging.


  1. Wow such artwork! Very colorful, makes a wonderful picture. You have captured it beautifully.
    Darryl and Ruth : )

  2. Definitely a step up from tagging. Before «Louis» moved to France, he had a Pepperidge Farm distributorship and his three trucks were frequent targets of taggers. «Louis» will stop now before he goes into his rant about THAT!

  3. I think it adds much. Far better than graffiti gone wild.

  4. Wow, gorgeous!

    Carolyn, you asked me for some guidance on making a photo mosaic. Here is a tutorial I wrote awhile back:


    Hope to see you at Mosaic Monday soon! :)

  5. I certainly think it's art. The tagging on the top looks vaguely like Sanskrit. The question is, do any passers-by get it? And is that a can of spray paint in the Buddha's hands? Hardly a traditional pose.

    By the way, my Carolyn and I would love to meet you when we're in SF next month.

  6. Great find! That certainly is an interesting canvas and painting.