7 Instagram-Worthy Wall Murals in the East Bay Kids Will Love - 510 Families
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7 Instagram-Worthy Wall Murals in the East Bay Kids Will Love

I love to have a destination for my walk to mix it up each day. Deep in the pandemic, I could be found going on photo scavenger hunts (circles, orange, the letter C!) around my neighborhood, but I also love to see the street art and colorful murals around the East Bay.

Here are a few of my favorite wall murals and street art installations around Oakland and I would love to know about any of your faves in the comments!

T-Rex at Flax Arts, Oakland

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Stocking up on art supplies at FLAX Oakland for the rainy week. | Photo: Julia Gidwani

What: Huge-scale T-Rex dinosaur with translucent flesh in rainbow hues was painted as part of a live art event at Flax Arts in Oakland. Delight or terrify your children. Other huge murals decorate other sides of the building.
Where: 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland in the back parking lot.
Learn more about it >

Residential Garage Door, Oakland

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Dog mural by Julia Kay | Photo: Sally Mason

What: Giant pink dog to make you giggle in Oakland with another enormous canine nearby in a different color.
Where: 594 55th St at Shattuck, Oakland
Learn more about artist and illustrator, Julia Kay >

Oakland Dreams at Jack London Square, Oakland

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4 year-old Harper at Oakland Dreams mural near Jack London Square | Photo: Heather Jassem

What: Epic word art surrounded by other images on all sides. Oakland Dreams symbolizes a message to Oakland youth to hold on to their dreams. It was painted by Trust Your Struggle Collective as part of the 2018 Oakland Mural Festival.
Where: 4th and Webster (On 4th St.), Oakland not far from Jack London Square.
Learn more about it and other nearby murals created as part of Oakland Mural Festival >

Colorful Warehouse Garage, Oakland

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Mathilda’s outfit makes this picture perfect, mural by Christian Obermanns | Photo: Sally Mason

What: Geographic shapes, bright colors on a roll-up warehouse garage door painted by Christian Obermanns in 2016.
Where: 5662 Shattuck Ave., Oakland

The Rare Bird, Oakland

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The Rare Bird exterior, Oakland | Photo: Sally Mason

What: Geometric animal shapes in mostly blues and yellows on the exterior of The Rare Bird on Piedmont Ave. It was painted in 2011 by Thomas Christopher Haag as part of a live art event at the shop.
Where: 3883 Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Learn more about the artist >

Marvelous Miss Mars, Berkeley on Telegraph

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Marvelous Miss Mars mural | Photo: Sally Mason

What: Forest Wolf Kell created the Marvelous Miss Mars mural on Telegraph Ave. as part of the ongoing efforts to beautify the area and keep Berkeley quirky. His artwork is influenced by graffiti and tattoo culture. You’ll want to try to see the whole thing.
Where: Channing at Telegraph, Berkeley
Learn more about it and more art installations around Telegraph Ave. >

Color Pop Wall at Arthouse Collective, Oakland

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Whitney and I had a color pop photo shoot at the exterior of Artthaus Studios | Photo: Megan Small

What: The exterior of a beautiful, non-traditional art campus with massive blocks of color on all sides. Set up in front of pink, teal, blue, or your favorite color. Please be respectful, this is a working office building.
Where: 2744 E 11th St, Oakland
Learn more about it >

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