Best Mural on the Island

"Born to be loved"

While Oakland is known for its amazing range and sheer number of murals, Alameda's public-facing walls have largely remained blank. A new mural by Chris Chanyang Shim, aka Royal Dog, a street artist from South Korea, dares to change that trend. Called "Born to be loved," located on the side of Good Witch Wellness & Apothecary, the mural depicts a young, half-Black Korean girl wearing a white-and-pink hanbok, the traditional Korean dress. It echoes a series of murals in New York and Los Angeles by Shim, all depicting Black women in hanbok in an effort to show the effortless beauty and harmony of multiculturalism. In the Alameda work, pink flowers and Korean calligraphy in a halo shape accentuate this sense of peace and strength as well as innocence. We dare you to drive by without stopping.

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