Oakland artists transform downtown building with futuristic mural

Going from a dingy yellow wall to a bright-colored, futuristic work of art, the 28th Street Partners apartment complex off of Telegraph Avenue in downtown Oakland has received quite a facelift.  Earlier this month, Oakland artists Sidharth Chaturvedi, Samuel Garland and Lindsey Millikan took their art to the streets by painting a mural on the side of the two-story apartment building.

Millikan found out about the job after property manager Tony Toppanno posted an ad on Craigslist.  Soon after, Millikan rounded up a couple of her friends and all of the artists agreed to volunteer their time to paint the mural. Toppanno paid for the supplies and the crew brought their talent.

The space-themed piece includes an astronaut, planets, a spaceship and an engine. It took the artists three weeks to plan and design the mural and six days to finish painting.  They hope this mural will lead them to more mural work. “We’d love to beautify Oakland buildings and make them one of a kind,” Millikan said.

“Lindsey and her crew really worked hard and are passionate about what they do,” Toppano said. “I think we’re going to go ahead and do the rest of the building, and make it one big show piece.”

Click on the slideshow above to see the final results.

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