Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Man in the Floppy Hat
This is one of three orange-crate-themed murals going up in downtown Riverside. I actually watched one of the murals being painted -- from my car as I drove by, that is. I am kicking myself now, because I almost stopped and talked to the man with the floppy hat painting the mural so many times.
Before I did get a chance to stop and talk to him, the mural was all done, the man with the floppy hat was gone, and I was left to read about him in the Inland Empire Weekly (who I have to thank for today's photo). And then, I was really kicking myself.
Pomona could use a few more murals about town. With our wealth of artists downtown and in our schools, combined with the exposure these murals get, I think the City could commission some folks at an affordable price, even in these trying times. I mean someone might even design and paint murals for free.
Just this past weekend, there was a guy painting a mural on the side of the Dynamic Grafix building at Jefferson and Garey. It appears to be an outer space theme. I, again, promised myself I'd go back to talk to the guy painting the mural before he disappeared like the guy in the floppy hat. But of course, I never quite made it back. Thanks to Ren who took these photos to show you the mural:
I am thinking that the Community Life Commission can add this to their shopping list. Even Detroit is aiming to be the Mural Capital of the World, as opposed to the title they currently hold.