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Monday Mural – Found in Oakland

The Oaksterdam Mural, Oakland, California. Last week, I showed you some murals I found in San Francisco. This week, we go across the bay to Oakland, California to see...
Oaksterdam Mural, from Oakland, CA
The Oaksterdam Mural,
Oakland, California.

Last week, I showed you some murals I found in San Francisco. This week, we go across the bay to Oakland, California to see the Oaksterdam mural.

This is a drive by shot of a big bright mural from Oakland, from a few years ago. I see Oakland’s signature street sign — green with an oak on it. I see Fox Theater. I see ‘bart’ and Lake Merit maybe and some other symbols of the city.
It was only later that I saw there was a ‘university’ below the ‘Oaksterdam.’ So I looked it up and learned that Oaksterdam University is a Cannabis university – the first of it’s kind in the US. Now I’m sure you’ll want to know more about it, if you don’t know about it already. So here is the Wikipedia page for “Oaksterdam University.

I also learned that this mural was painted over soon after the university moved out of this building. And that means this mural is no more.

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  • SandeepaChetan
    9 November 2015 at 2:10 am

    Well captured. Huge wall art. This is something you can not miss when visit the place. On our recent trip to South America we found street art in every corner. Cities look more beautiful when they have some art. We need more such wall arts in India.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:27 am

      They add so much colour and life to a place, don't they?
      I saw one on them in the picture post you put up — the one along a road. It looked awesome.

      We do need them on our public walls, provided they are touched up from time to time. Bangalore seems to have quite a bit. But the upkeep unfortunately is not up to the mark.

  • Archana Kapoor
    9 November 2015 at 3:05 am

    Fabulous Dee! 😊

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:29 am

      Fabulous find indeed.
      And this one seems to have taught me a little something, too. 🙂

      Thank you, Archana. Are you back from India?

  • Liz Needle
    9 November 2015 at 5:27 am

    That is a great mural. What a pity it has been painted over. It is just as well that shutterbugs like us make records of it.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:32 am

      It was sad to learn that this one was gone. I remember how eye-catching it was because of its size and colour.
      However, I'm glad I actually have a pic of this mural.

      Nice to see you here again, Liz. 🙂

  • Indrani
    9 November 2015 at 5:43 am

    Mind blowing creation.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:36 am

      It really was a good one with all those colours and that size and it seemed to say so much about the city.

  • Arun Prasadh
    9 November 2015 at 7:58 am

    Nice one

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:40 am

      It was, Arun.
      Thank you for coming by. 🙂

  • s.c
    9 November 2015 at 10:12 am

    I saw the name and amsterdam jumped up in my mind with its liberal cannabis policy and after seeing wikipedia it was true indeed.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:51 am

      Ah ha! That bit about Amsterdam and how it looks at weed was also news to me. I just learnt about the Amsterdam Coffee Shops and the Cannabis Cup and all that. Interesting!

      Thank you SC for sharing your knowledge. 🙂

  • Prasad Np
    9 November 2015 at 11:38 am

    This is beautiful.. a vibrant alive city encourages public art.. good to see you spotting them on your journeys.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:55 am

      Yes, Prasad. You are so right. The public art does tell us quite a bit about a city. 🙂
      I seem to have a few in my travel albums. This meme has become an excuse to bring them out. Now that I'm here, I'm going to be looking for them more carefully. 🙂

  • Lea
    9 November 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Very interesting!
    Have a great week!
    Lea

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 3:58 am

      That WAS an interesting mural. So was the learning that came about this piece of art.
      Thank you Lea. You have a great week too. 🙂

  • Bikram
    9 November 2015 at 1:49 pm

    very beautiful.. I hate when people put all the graffiti and spoiling the view ..

    but this one is done so nicely and what a pleasant sight ..

    Bikram's

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:07 am

      It is.
      I know which ones you mean. But then there are these kinds that add colour and character to a place. 🙂

      Thank you, Bikram. 🙂

  • LOLfromPasa
    9 November 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Fascinating about the university's history. Pity the mural is no longer.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:23 am

      Yeah. I did learn some interesting stuff.
      It is sad that it's gone.

      Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  • Sami
    9 November 2015 at 3:15 pm

    What a pity the mural is gone as it was beautiful and colourful.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:24 am

      You are so right, Sami.
      I guess some people did have a problem with what it stood for. (Although it showcased some of the city's symbols. )

      Thank you for visiting. 🙂

  • Maitreni Mishra
    9 November 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Splendid creation!

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:25 am

      I agree, Maitreni. 🙂

  • Jackie Mc Guinness
    9 November 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Murals tend to have short lives.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:27 am

      I think you are right.

      That's both good and bad, depending on what kind of materials they use. It's sad to see the colourful, artistic and meaningful ones go. But if one cannot be maintained, maybe its ok to take it off. 🙂

  • purba chakraborty
    9 November 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Wow! It looks so beautiful 🙂

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:28 am

      I second that, Purba. 🙂

  • GreenComotion
    9 November 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Great find of the Oaksterdam U!
    I like the idea and the curriculum is worth it – at least from the POV of using Marijuana for medical purposes.
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace 🙂

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:31 am

      It makes total sense in case of medical purposes. I guess some people really need it. Some time back I learnt that there is a lot of misinformation about it. We need to be educated about the medical uses of it, I believe.

      You have a great week too. 🙂
      Thank you for swinging by. 🙂

  • Oakland Daily Photo
    10 November 2015 at 12:39 am

    It's a little weird for me to see my own photo reposted, but I'm happy it's gotten more exposure. Yep, it is now long gone, and nothing has taken its place yet. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

    • dNambiar
      10 November 2015 at 4:11 am

      Sorry?
      You're not saying I indulged in some plagiarism, are you? Because I believe this is my photo; as in — taken through my lens. The mural is not mine tho'. 🙂
      Or did you mean you were part of the team behind the mural?

      Thank you for this meme — it is an opportunity for me to put out some pictures I've taken during my trips.

    • Oakland Daily Photo
      10 November 2015 at 8:02 am

      No offense intended or accusations made. I thought it was an old shot of mine but now see that though similar they are not the same. I'm sorry for the error and the bad feelings my comment caused. I'm still pleased to see this mural given another showing, especially since it has now been painted over. ODP.

    • dNambiar
      11 November 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Hey never mind.
      I know you didn't mean offence because you spoke about the mural getting more exposure. Thank you for coming by and clearing the air.
      Let's put it behind us. 🙂
      I'll continue to link up to Monday Mural. Thank you for hosting. 🙂
      Have a good day.

  • Tom
    10 November 2015 at 11:39 am

    Certainly on a grand scale!

    • dNambiar
      11 November 2015 at 3:07 pm

      It is. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by, Tom.

  • Rajesh
    12 November 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful murals.

    • dNambiar
      13 November 2015 at 8:18 pm

      This one is.
      Sadly it is no more.

  • umashankar
    9 January 2016 at 2:50 am

    A very engaging mural indeed.

    • dNambiar
      11 January 2016 at 10:06 pm

      This one seems to have brought about some learning too. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by, USP.

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