New Murals on Webster, Part One

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

New Murals on Webster, Part One

A bicycle-themed mural on a wall of the Rodeway Inn at Webster Street and Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway is among one of three new large artworks that now grace the Webster Street District. The mural’s location-specific design, by Sage Loring, co-founder of ThreeThirtyThree Arts (333) is meant to encourage cyclists on the nearby Cross Alameda Trail.

Lead artist with 333, Hyde, (pictured at right) painted the colorful cyclist. The artists hope their work “makes the setting more interesting and identifiable.”

The project was funded by a grant from the City of Alameda Public Art Fund, and contributions from the West Alameda Business Association and other donors. The artists would like to thank the management of the Rodeway Inn for their support in preparing the wall, and Patricia Mancini, an Alameda resident, for initiating the project and others who encouraged the project to completion.

Learn more about 333 and their Webster-based projects.

New West End Murals Appear

Two new murals grace Webster Street thanks to young artists at Three Thirty Three Arts. The two murals appear at Webster’s intersections with Santa Clara and Lincoln avenues. Guest artist, Denis D. Denis conceived the mural inspired by Alameda’s “Fairy Door” phenomenon. While Denis provided the outline, the community filled in the artwork. Actual wooden fairy doors were added after the mural was completed.

Begun in 2015 as the non-profit Dragon School with the sole mission to add beautiful public artwork to Oakland’s Chinatown community, Three Thirty Three Arts has evolved. During 2020 the organization reevaluated its goals and rebranded as Three Thirty Three Arts. The goal is to provide opportunities for anybody to contribute and collaborate. The group “works to give kids and adults a place to be creative and involved in community activities.” Learn more at www.333arts.org.

Photo & story by Eric J. Kos The new artwork at Webster Street and Santa Clara Avenue incorporates elements meant to synergize with Alameda’s fairy door street art phenomenon.