If you would really like a fun, adventuresome, local art experience like no other, you need to check out this large collection of mural street art – this time on the inside of a building. The graffiti art group Endless Canvas organized a huge event to decorate an abandoned ink factory, the Carbon Warehouse, down by the railroad tracks on Fourth St. near Gilman Ave in Berkeley. You have to access the building thru a construction lot at 1350 Fourth Street, as the doors on the tracks/freeway side are locked up.
Once you get in, you will be immediately greeted by walls and walls of graffiti and street art, among the floor puddles and run down structures. Go upstairs for the really good stuff, it is an art treat better than most the stuff to be found in all the East Bay galleries. Exuberant images sprawl not just on the walls but all over the ceilings, around support posts, trash cans and door panels. Animals, people and toons – from Felix to Anne Frank to wild dogs, explode off the surfaces in bright garish colors – you can just feel the energy that created this urban exhibit. Scroll down to the very end for our favorite piece – a lovely and exotic tattooed geisha painted on a door.
For more on this wonderful graffiti mural exhibition – pictures, videos and the all important artists, go to Special Delivery Bay Area 2012.