Art of Albany Bulb

Mother Earth Catching the Moon

Mother Earth Catching the Moon

The Albany Bulb is a former landfill, jutting west from the east shore of San Francisco Bay, largely owned by the City of Albany.   The Bulb is home to a vast array of urban art including mural, stencil, graffiti, sculpture, and installation art.

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In the midst of a complicated stew of people and competing interests, a multi-authored creative vision united in spirit has arisen from this mound of detritus. The art that stands and dangles and juts all over the Bulb, just like the art that used to grace the Emeryville Mud Flats, is a monument to the free-wheeling, nature-centered, found-object California art aesthetic.

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There’s a section of the San Francisco Bay shore called the Emeryville mudflats. Decades ago, local artists wandered out to the mudflats, gathered driftwood and other detritus, and built odd sculptures. The works, which were featured in the movie Harold and Maude, were charming and popular. The only problem was, the mudflats were a fragile environment ill-suited to repeated trampling. Eventually, environmentalists persuaded the arts community that the sculptures weren’t worth the damage to migratory birds, but it took some time, and there was loud whining from aggrieved artists. They looked out over the rich pickleweed flats, the mud with its millions of microorganisms at the mouth of Temescal Creek, the sanderlings and clapper rails and egrets, and said “but there’s nothing out there!”

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For More

http://www.acme.com/jef/photos/bulb.html – Many of these are gone, especially the paintings on plywood

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