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In Cahoots

March 13, 2009

The other day I had the pleasure of running an errand from Emeryville to Oakland, and stopped to take a few pictures of this. It’s been there for as long as I’ve worked in the area, and I always thought it was cool- but never had my camera on me! I wish I could have gotten a shot of the whole wall straight on, but that would have called for some shady fence-scaling. Coincidentally, as I was taking pictures a guy walks by with his dog and informs me that he is the son of the man who is responsible for the politically charged street art.

The man’s father is the owner of the space, a Mr. Daryl Rush, who commissioned the mural to don the side of his awesome ironworking and carpentry shop- which he has been running for over 30 years. As indicated in his taste for making a statement, Mr. Rush has quite the artist’s sensibilities. His work is hand made, unique, and oftentimes very ingenious- check out photos of his past work here.

I’m so glad I finally took the time to stop and investigate this odd little gem at the corner of San Pablo and Adeline, because now I know that much more about this community and the creative people who make it so interesting…

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