Arts & Crafts

Newspapers as Public Art

When: Oct. 8-14 2014

The Express wants to be accessible to all of its readers, and that means more than just plopping a bunch of boxes filled with free papers on the sidewalk. Instead of thinking of our newspaper racks as mere vessels for our paper, we choose to think of them as canvases for public art, like little pop-up galleries all over the East Bay. To curate these commissions, we’ve asked Oakland street-art fixture Eddie Colla to put our boxes into the hands of local artists. Then, we let the artists decorate them however they pleased — as long as their vision didn’t include sex or violence. The Express has been doing this for six years, and has installed more than one hundred painted boxes around the East Bay. Our most recent batch features work by local artists Reggie Warlock, Chris Micro, RESK, and David Stark. They now line Broadway between 5th Street and Embarcadero. Keep an eye out for new installations of these four-sided mini-murals every couple months, because we’re not stopping any time soon.

Sarah Burke

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