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Street Murals As Found Art By Unknown Artists
A street mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on an exterior wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. [paraphrased from wikipedia]
"Under Sea" Mural #Water Writes 100 Willamette Street 18th Street and Valencia Street Mural 3D Man 50 13th 631 Florida 826 Valencia A Mural A Photographic Mural Be Like Water Mural Bean Soup Bill * Tim's Brails Restaurant Mural CAT Rental Mural California At Grant Mural Capp At 17th Carlin's Cafe Mural Clarion Alley Dear Mom Doña Mago Mexican Restaurant Mural Dog Eared Books Mural 2001 Downtown Berkeley Bicycles Mural 2019 Dragon Bruce Mural Emerald Park Eugene City Brewery Florida At 17th Flower Mural Folsom At 17th Former Cal Naturals Mural Free Speech Mural Golden Market 2014 Healthy Spirits Mural Honey Forever Huckleberry Bicycles King Cloud Mural Lilac Street, San Francisco Lord Market Street at 10th Master Kat Mural McKenzie Outfitters Mural Behind The Library Mural On Roll-up Door Murals In Improv Alley Murals In Puerto Vallarta Oak Alley Murals Oakland Fence Murals Odd Fellows Alley Mural Overlapped Murals Princess Street Puntarenas Costa Rica Rainbow Birds Mural Random Restoration Services Rolling Stock Sacramento Mural On Construction Fence Solidarity In The Struggle Mural St. Peter's Church Statement Of Love Mural Stevenson Street at Clinton Alley Sunglasses Systems Mural Project Taller Artistico Mural Tangles Studio Mural Tiger Dragon Mural Time To Drink Whiskey Mural 2018 Tree Person Two Humps Underwater Mural Valencia Washington Jefferson Park Whales Mural 1996
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100 Willamette Street, A Eugene, Oregon Mural by artist Beau Stanton 2016

Beau Stanton is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work takes the form of paintings, murals, large scale installations, stained glass, and multimedia animations. Focusing on meticulous technique and craft, Stanton's work is heavily informed by historic ornamentation, religious iconography, and classical painting. A keen interest in iconic visual symbols and Jungian archetypes often provides the foundation for his images.

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50 13th, Street, San Francisco

Created in 2006 by the Precita Eyes Muralists, and the Community Mural Workshopof San Francisco, California

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A Photographic Mural, Artist: Unknown, 16th Street & De Haro Street, San Francisco, California

A photograph (also known as a photo) is an image created by light falling on a photosensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic image sensor, such as a CCD or a CMOS chip. Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. The process and practice of creating such images is called photography.[from wikipedia]

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Dear Mom, Restaurant Mural, San Francisco

The wall outside Dear Mom Restaurant at 2700 16th Street was decorated with a modest mural.

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Rolling Stock, Mural, Shotwell At 16th, San Francisco

The wall outside the Rolling Stock tire dealer and auto repair shop in San Francisco.

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Tree Person, Artist: Unknown, As Found Art, 174 East 14th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

In botany, a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, usually supporting branches and leaves.[from wikipedia]

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Bean Soup, Literary Mural Project, Mural, 17th At Alabama

Sponsered by Precita Eyes Murals Project.Murals being painted on a fence alongside 17th Street between Alabama and Florida Streets.

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18th Street and Valencia Street Mural, As Found Art, Artist: Unknown, 18th Street and Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

A mural was in the process of being painted on the front of a buildingat 18th Street and Valencia Street in San Francisco. It was incompleteso the artist was unknown.

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Restoration Services, Mural

A 2011 mural at the corner of Harrison and 23rd Streets.

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Golden Market 2014, Artists: Stie Twick, Jet Martinez, Hagon Free UrbanAztec, A Street Mural, 25th and Mission Streets, San Francisco, California

A long mural on the side of Golden Market at the corner of 25th Street and Mission Street in San Francisco.

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Rainbow Birds Mural, Artist: Unknown, As Found Art, 360 E. 11th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.[from wikipedia]

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3D Man, Artist: Unknown, As A Street Mural, San Francisco, California

Stereoscopy (also called stereoscopics, or stereo imaging) is a technique for creating or enhancing the illusion of depth in an image by means of stereopsis for binocular vision.[[from wikipedia]

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631 Florida, Mural, San Francisco

A series of individual paintings abutted each other to form a muralpainted on an abandoned factory on Florida Street between 18th and 19th Streets,San Francisco, California

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826 Valencia, A Street Mural As Found Art

A mural that graced the top of the building at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, California.826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

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Florida At 17th, Murals, San Francisco

A variety of murals painted on a fence across from the Z-space performance venue.

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Bill * Tim's, Barbecue & Tap House, Mosaic, E. 13th at Pearl, Eugene, Oregon

Bill & Tim's Barbecue & Tap House (20 taps) is a fast casual restaurant that specializes in authentic wood smoked meats and traditional American side dishes paired with beer, cider, wine, cocktails and kombucha. Pulled pork, shredded brisket, chicken, tri-tip, baby back ribs, turkey, ham, links and tofu are available as sandwiches and plates. More than just a "smoke-centric" barbecue joint, Bill & Tim's also features a variety of salads, rice bowls, burgers and Mexican specialty dishes served with or without smoky proteins. [from their website]

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Be Like Water Mural, Artist: Unknown, Next to Premium Matcha Store, Bruce Lee, Chinatown, San Francisco, California

Born in San Francisco and raised in British Hong Kong, Lee was introduced to the Hong Kong film industry as a child actor by his father. However, these were not martial arts films. His early martial arts experience included Wing Chun (trained under Yip Man), tai chi, boxing (winning a Hong Kong boxing tournament), and apparently frequent street fighting (neighbourhood and rooftop fights).[from wikipedia]

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Brails Restaurant Mural, 1689 Willamette Street, Willamette at E. 17th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

Brails is an American diner-style restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Enjoy classic diner fare such as bacon and eggs, burgers, and Reuben sandwiches. Our legendary breakfast menu (featuring the best hashbrowns around) is served from open to close, while our lunch menu offers a more eclectic selection that is sure to please everyone.[from brails' website]

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Former Cal Naturals Mural, Artist: Unknown, As A Street Mural, 911 4th Street, Davis, California

Natural resources are resources that are drawn from nature and used with few modifications. This includes the sources of valued characteristics such as commercial and industrial use, aesthetic value, scientific interest and cultural value. On Earth, it includes sunlight, atmosphere, water, land, all minerals along with all vegetation, and wildlife.[From wikipedia

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California At Grant Mural, Artist: Unknown, San Francisco, California

A mural was found at the corner of Grant Avenue and California Street in San Francisco. Becauseit was signed in Chinese, we were unable to identify the artist.

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Capp At 17th, Street Mural, San Francisco

An old mural in a mixture of styles.

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Carlin's Cafe Mural, Artist: Unknown, 298 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

This place is somehow interesting. They play classic Mexican music and the menu is pretty basic. [from a yelp review]

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Mural On Roll-up Door, Grant Avenue, Across from Cathay Bank, San Francisco, California

A mural is any piece of graphic artwork that is painted or applied directly to a wall, ceiling or other permanent substrate. Mural techniques include fresco, mosaic, graffiti and marouflage.[from wikipedia]

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Clarion Alley, Murals

Murals found painted on alley side of buildlings. Clarion Alley lay between Mission and Valencia and parallels, and is just sourh of 17th Street.

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Stevenson Street at Clinton Alley, A Street Mural by artist Amos Goldbaum 2015

From his website: Amos Goldbaum is "a line-drawer, muralist, and street peddler based in San Francisco. You can find me selling almost every weekend in SF. I vend at various fairs and festivals as well as on the corner of Valencia St. and 23rd some Saturday and Sunday afternoons."

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Dog Eared Books Mural 2001, Artist: Hawley Hussey, As A Form Of Found Art, 900 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

If you're looking for a pleasant place to peruse a lot of books, seek no further! Since 1992, Dog Eared Books has been supplying a book-hungry San Francisco with new, used, and remaindered books as well as cards, magazines, calendars, and blank notebooks. We're a general interest store, so we have a little of everything, but we do specialize in off-beat, small press, and local literature. Our staff of is happy to help you locate specific titles or you can roam around discovering wondrous obscurities you never knew you couldn't live without.[from dog eared books website]

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Doña Mago Mexican Restaurant Mural, 301 South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California

El restaurante mexicano Doña Mago es un restaurante familiar en el distrito de la Missión en San Francisco. Servimos auténtica comida mexicana inspirada en la ciudad de México.Doña Mago Mexican Restaurant is a family owned restaurant in the Mission District in San Francisco. We serve authentic Mexican Food inspired by Mexico City. [from the restaurant website]

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Downtown Berkeley Bicycles Mural 2019, Artist: Unknown, Corner of Shattuck and University Avenues, Berkeley, California

A fence was set up surrounding the construction at the corner of Shattuck and University Streets in Berkeley, California. The fence was covered in art depicting oddly headed people riding bicycles.

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Dragon Bruce Mural, Artist: Unknown, In Memory Of: Victor Suarez III, A Street Mural, Chinatown, Commercial Street And Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California

Born in San Francisco and raised in British Hong Kong, Lee was introduced to the Hong Kong film industry as a child actor by his father.[from wikipedia]

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Emerald Park, Murals, 1300 Lake Drive, Eugene, Oregon

Murals were painted on the sides of the building in the park.

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Oak Alley Murals, As A Street Mural, W. 11th Avenue and Oak Alley, Eugene, Oregon

A street is a public thoroughfare in a built environment. It is a public parcel of land adjoining buildings in an urban context, on which people may freely assemble, interact, and move about.[from wikipedia]

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Eugene City Brewery, A Eugene, Oregon Mural by artist Jim Evangelista 1993

Located at 844 Olive Street, Eugene, Oregon, this mural was painted by Jim Evangelista.Jim also runs a cafe and retail bakery that is is open 8 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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Flower Mural, Artist: Unknown, 17th and J Streets, Sacramento, California

A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs.[from wikipedia]

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Folsom At 17th, Street Mural, San Francisco

Murals decorated the front of a school.

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Free Speech Mural, As Found Art, Artist: Unknown, Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. The term "freedom of expression" is sometimes used synonymously but includes any act of seeking, receiving, and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.[from wikipedia]

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Overlapped Murals, In The Funk Zone, Santa Barbara

Invited murals decorated a wall in the Funk Zone. Here one was commissioned to repairanother earlier one partly damaged by graffiti.

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Random, Murals As Found Art

Found in Europe, South America, and the U.S.

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Healthy Spirits Mural, Artist: Unknown, As A Form Of Found Art, 14th Street at Valencia Street, San Francisco, California

Healthy Spirits began making its mark on San Francisco when it opened its doors in the Castro District in 1998. The young owner and former stock broker, Rami Barqawi, wanted to service the community he fell in love with and had an eye for quality food and drink. He also believed strongly in outstanding customer service, putting the business on a path to affectionately become known as the "corner store with personality". Wanting to get his family involved Rami brought his wife on to help run the day to day operations of the business and even included his parents who were particularly skilled at making Middle Eastern fare.[from healthy spirits website]

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Honey Forever, A Street Mural, Charnel-Mulligan Park, Eugene, Oregon

The mural is titled "Honey Forever" in honor of the artists stepmother who passed away from cancer during the project's final stages (her nickname was Honey).[from wjneugene.org]

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Huckleberry Bicycles, Street Murals, As A Form Of Art, 1073 Market Street, San Francisco, California

Huckleberry Bicycles is a full-service shop specializing in urban, commuter, road, touring, randonneuring and cyclocross bikes. We carry a handpicked selection of apparel, accessories and parts for lifestyle & performance cycling.[from huckleberry website]

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Murals In Improv Alley, Artists: Some Unknown, Some Known, Sacramento, California

Improvisation, in the performing arts is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation. The skills of improvisation can apply to many different faculties, across all artistic, scientific, physical, cognitive, academic, and non-academic disciplines.[from wikipedia]

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King Cloud Mural, Artist: Unknown, On Face of Cajun Feast, 206 3rd Street, Davis, California

King is the title given to a male monarch in a variety of contexts. The female equivalent is queen[from wikipedia]

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Lilac Street, San Francisco, Between 25th and 26th Streets, Street Murals, As A Form Of Art

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.[from wikipedia]

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Lord , by "Nychos" 2015, As A Found Street Art Mural

A mural found on the side of a building along Howard Street behind the new Transbay Transit Center.

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Market Street at 10th, A San Francisco Art Street Mural by Jenny Sharaf 2015

Jenny Sharaf is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. Her paintings, installations, videos, and happenings celebrate process, while reflecting on art history, feminism and abstraction.

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McKenzie Outfitters, By Jim Evangelista 1992, A Street Mural As Found Art

Located behind parked cars, this mural depicted a person climbing a cliff face.

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Sacramento Mural On Construction Fence, Artist: Unknown, Sacramento, California

A fence is a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting.[from wikipedia]

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Oakland Fence Murals, Broadway and 2nd Streets, As Street Murals, Oakland, California

Many small murals decorated a construction fence located along Broadwayand 2nd Streets in Oakland, California.

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Odd Fellows Alley Mural, As A Form Of Art, Davis California

We are the oldest organization in the City of Davis, having been chartered on April 12, 1870. On April 12, 2020, our Davis Lodge will be 150 years old.[from odd fellows]

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Princess Street, Murals, Sausalito

Just above Bridgeway, in downtown Sausalito. Part of thepast and future home of heartfulart.com.

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Murals In Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, As A City Place

Murals today are painted in a variety of ways, using oil or water-based media. Initiated by the works of mural artists like Graham Rust or Rainer Maria Latzke in the 1980s, trompe-l'oeil painting has experienced a renaissance in private and public buildings in Europe. Today, the beauty of a wall mural has become much more widely available with a technique whereby a painting or photographic image is transferred to poster paper or canvas which is then pasted to a wall surface (see wallpaper, Frescography) to give the effect of either a hand-painted mural or realistic scene.[from wikipedia]

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Puntarenas Costa Rica, Murals As Found Art

Just off Calle Central between Anedida 2 and Anedida 1 in downtown Puntarenas.

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CAT Rental Mural, Dogpatch, 734 Indiana Street, San Francisco, California

The back of the CAT Rental building was painted in a seemingly random manner to create thesuggestion of a mural.

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A Mural, In Rivas, Nicaragua

A mural found against the back wall of an outdoor performance area of Rivas, Nicaragua next to Central Park.

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Mural Behind The Library, Artist: Unknown, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito, California

In the interest of providing you with the best possible service, we have included information on how to contact us, locate the Library, get a library card, check an account, visit the bookstore, view our policies and more.[from library website]

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Solidarity In The Struggle Mural, Artist: Unknown, Grant and California Streets, San Francisco, California

Solidarity: it's a loaded term. Convoluted and nuanced, very important in concept, definitely overused as an expression, and not always highlighted when practiced. But the practice of solidarity is a normal part of co-existing with each other. Right?[from kqed]

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Statement Of Love Mural, A Street Mural, Artist: Unknown, Odd Fellows Alley, Davis, California

Love encompasses a range of strong and positive emotional and mental states, from the most sublime virtue or good habit, the deepest interpersonal affection, to the simplest pleasure.[from wikipedia]

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St. Peter's Church, San Francisco

A mural, still in good shape, graced the walls ofSt. Peter's Church located at 24th Street at Florida Street, San Francisco, California.

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Whales Mural 1996, Artist: Sumner And Friends, Bee Street and Caledonia Street, Sausalito, California

Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises. Whales, dolphins and porpoises belong to the order Cetartiodactyla, which consists of even-toed ungulates.[from wikipedia]

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Sunglasses, Artist: Unknown, A Street Mural, As A Form Of Art, Eugene, Oregon

Sunglasses or sun glasses (informally called shades or sunnies; more names below) are a form of protective eyewear designed primarily to prevent bright sunlight and high-energy visible light from damaging or discomforting the eyes.[from wikipedia]

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Systems Mural Project, San Francisco

The largest mural in San Francisco: 40 feet high, 600 feet long.

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Taller Artistico Mural, León Nicaragua

A Project Gettysburg mural across the street from the Taller Artistico Xuchialt Crear Crecer, Xuchtaltart school/store in León, Nicaragua.

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Tangles Studio Mural, As Found Art, Artist: Unknown, 515 G Street , Davis, California

A full service studio salon in downtown Davis, CA. Stylist Jill Pauline Specializing in men's and women's cut, color, perms, & styling for formal events. Glamour Nails by Ruby, specializing in Acrylics, hard gel, dip powder, gel/polish manicures, Pedicures.[from tangles website]

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Tiger Dragon Mural, Artist: Unknown, Just off Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California

The title "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is a literal translation of the Chinese idiom which describes a place or situation that is full of unnoticed masters. It is from a poem of the ancient Chinese poet Yu Xin that reads, "behind the rock in the dark probably hides a tiger, and the coiling giant root resembles a crouching dragon".[from wikipedia]

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Time To Drink Whiskey Mural 2018, Artist: Unknown, 6th Street and Mission Street, San Francisco, California

Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Various grains (which may be malted) are used for different varieties, including barley, corn, rye, and wheat. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, generally made of charred white oak.[from wikipedia]

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Two Humps, Artist: Unknown, A Street Mural, As A Form Of Art, Eugene, Oregon

The hump in a railroad Hump yard, to classify railcars by gravity[from wikipedia]

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"Under Sea" Mural, Artist: Unknown, Florence, Oregon

The ocean moderates Earth's climate and has important roles in the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles. The surface of water interacts with the atmosphere, exchanging properties such as particles and temperature, as well as currents.[from wikipedia]

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Valencia, near 24th Street, San Francisco

A 2007 mural showing scenes of the Mission District, San Francisco,ranging from anger at the coming evictions, to the Carnival Parade.

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Master Kat Mural, Artist: Unknown, On A Home, At W. 2nd Alley and Jackson Street, Eugene, Oregon

A mural covered the side of a home along W. 2nd Alley in Eugene, Oregon.It appeared to be a mixture of two styles: one more graffiti-like and theother more of a mural.

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Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

Washington Jefferson Park is an urban setting in the heart of a multicultural neighborhood close to the bike path system and bus routes. A portion of the park, including the stage, 23,000 sq. ft. skatepark, basketball court and horseshoe pits is covered by the I-105 bridge, creating a dry and lit place for recreation year round.[from the eugene government website]

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#Water Writes, Oakland California

A 2011 mural located in the 2000 Block of Broadway, Oakland, California, showedthe politial and social battles brewing over Water.

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Underwater Mural, Artist: Unknown, 2045 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon

A mural that showed snakes, fish and other creatures underwater.


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