Angel Jesus Perez, whose latest work, “Displacement of Beauty and Migration of Gentrification,” is on Alcatraz, is a bright addition to our city’s cadre of muralists.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Doors
You will see far more fancifully painted doors in Berkeley than in most cities. Here are just a few of them.
How quirky is Berkeley? Sheri Tharp’s carved picket fence
In the 1990s, Sheri Tharp saw a wooden picket designed by Charles Sayers in 1942. She liked it so much she and her students carved a few, and now her house has a fence.
How Quirky was Berkeley? The Artistic Legacy of Martin Metal
Glimpses of the magnificent sculptures and metal pieces can still be glimpsed around Berkeley.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Mark Bulwinkle’s tiles.
Mark Bulwinkle is best known for his metal work, but he is also a prolific tile maker. Check out the restrooms in the Mad Monk Media Center for Anachronistic Media for a glimpse.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Ron and Abbey’s muffler men
Over the years, Ron Hulse and those working in his automotive shop have built creative metal statues from discarded automobile mufflers.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Rogue little free libraries
Little Free Library is an international organization that started in 2009 and there are dozens of its little libraries in Berkeley. There are also quite a few unofficial ones.
How Quirky is Berkeley? New murals, 2017 edition
Murals are a fixture of Berkeley, but they come and go. Here is a selection that appeared last year and thus far in 2017.
How Quirky was Berkeley? Ken Stein’s Berkeley buttons
Ken Stein’s collection of several thousand political buttons tell a compelling tale of Berkeley’s contempoarary history.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Relief sculpture
There is a lot of bas relief sculpture in Berkeley and almost all of it is quite beautiful. Here’s a look at just some the gems that we may often walk right by without noticing.
How Quirky is Berkeley? In praise of bungalow courts
Berkeley’s bungalow courts have strikingly different characters, but they are all undeniably, incontrovertibly, inexorably, and intrinsically quirky.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Ken Stein’s souvenir spoon collection
One of Ken Stein’s several collections is of Berkeley-themed souvenir spoons, most of which date from the 1890s through the 1910s.