American Alley–All Murals Great & Small

There has been a great amount of activity in American alley of late with artists creating public art, murals, etc.  I don’t pretend to understand the background to this activity but it has certainly been something to observe over the last few days.

It is part of an annual celebration sponsored by the O+Festival 

At the moment, the various murals can be seen from Putnam Plaza to the American Alley exit on Western Avenue.  When walking the route you have to look carefully on both sides of the Alley and up the sides of the buildings as there are many smaller murals in addition to the larger works.

To give you a sense of the scene check out the gallery below.

Click on any photo to activate the gallery

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Petaluma’s Newest Chicken Mural…”sprouts” a…Chicklet!!

My apologies for the mixed metaphor in the title but it just seemed to fit my mood at the moment…

Recall, if you will, my post in June 2014  Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala that documented the stunning new mural on Water Street.

Well, Mr. Bala has added to it.  Granted it is smaller in scope but it carries forth the same theme.  I have named it The Chicklet. 

For visual context, see below…

The Chicklet Is In The Back Corner

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Petaluma’s Newest Mural…by Maxfield Bala

While I generally only post on the 1st of each month, today I will make an exception!

The current edition of the Petaluma Argus Courier contains a front page article on the latest public mural by a local artist, Maxfield Bala.  It is indeed quite a project.  The article mentions the artist having to work on a difficult surface in that the site was corrugated metal.  Well, you have to see it to believe it.

In addition to the uneven corrugated surface, several of the panels had gaps or overlaps in the joints. Yet he pulled it off!  I have been following the progress over the last few days, and I think he has finished.  Although I wonder if he may intend to do the entire building 🙂

First, a photo of what I believe to be the finished mural…

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

A FEW DETAIL SHOTS

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Mural by Maxfield Bala

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap

Note the surface and panel gap