Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monday Mural: a brief history of Oakand

There are scads of mural panels on what would otherwise be a monolithic wall for a large power station in the Temescal neighborhood.  This panel shows certain highlights in Oakland's history beginning with the Ohlone Indians who inhabited settlements around the SF Bay before the coming of Europeans.  The train represents Oakland as the terminus of the transcontinental railroad.  The Palazzo Vecchio tower is our local newspaper's headquarters built in 1923.  I'm not so sure about the guy with the horse unless it's a nod to our agricultural past.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  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.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.

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  1. I also like the sunflower thing. Is that the city seal?

  2. Ei ... That is a fantastic mural that, although the outlines some emerging history of the city where you live; is a common thread in the source. Although this origin had already indigenous owners and were genuine and which were owners of the land ... There's something about the history of your United States that is sometimes contradictory, from this point of view. I will not engage in polemics. No, no, because your perspective of the city is always friendly and analyzes, through art murals, a much tolerant and open society ma ...
    The mural, although brief summary seems to me a great view from the sensitivity of an artist, Local ... And I guess that makes me happy.
    Get every Monday, brief greetings from the other side of the Atlantic, from the Celtiberian peninsula from Vigo and Madrid ...
    Health, Freedom and Monte
    Saúde, Ceibedade e Esquilmo d:)´

    1. Ei...Ése es un fantástico mural que, si bien, esboza un poco la incipiente historia de la ciudad donde vives; supone un hilo conductor en el origen. Aunque ese origen tuviera ya propietarios como fueron los indígenas y que eran los genuinos dueños de esas tierras...Hay algo en la historia de vuestro Estados Unidos que, desde este punto de vista, a veces, es contradictorio. No voy a entrar en polémicas. No, no, pues tu mirada sobre la ciudad es siempre cordial y analiza, a través de los murales artísticos, una sociedad mucho má tolerante y abierta...
      El mural, aunque breve y resumida, me parece una visión estupenda desde la sensibilidad de un artista, supongo local...Y eso me alegra.
      Cómo todos los lunes, breves saludos desde el otro lado del Atlántico, desde la península Celtíbera, desde Vigo o Madrid...
      Salud, Libertad y Monte
      Saúde, Ceibedade e Esquilmo d:)´

  3. Murals which condense the history of a city are always fascinating, especially when someone explains them like you just did. Thanks!

  4. I like it when a mural has some local meaning and tells a history.

  5. i really like this one a lot, historical and bright!

  6. What a great idea to decorate the wall with beautiful murals, but also pay tribute to the City's past. Looks fantastic!
    Thanks for hosting.

  7. This one is very well done. I like it a lot.

  8. Hallo sir,
    this is a nice one, saluti !