Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley? Valentine’s Special

Update: 4:58 pm: Ta da! We have a winner! Alan Aki correctly guessed four of the photos above at 10:42 am this morning. He will be the lucky recipient of a box of bon-bon chocolates from Casa Des Chocolates. Congratulations Alan.

Thanks to all those who played today.

And here are the answers:

1. Tennis courts at on Hopkins and Carlotta
2. Crowden School Sacramento
3. Chain links fence near Jimmy Beans on 6th Street
4. Sawtooth building at Dwight and 8th Street
5. Safeway construction on Shattuck Avenue
6. Children’s playground near King’s Middle School

Update, 3:50 pm: We’ve had a number of guesses for our special Valentine’s Where in Berkeley? contest, and we will announce the winner at 4:45 pm here, and alert the winner directly by email. Anyone else want to play? Send us an email with your answers!

Original story: Today, for this special day where matters of the heart reign supreme, we bring you a special-edition “Where in Berkeley? competition — with a suitably romantic prize for the winner.

The large felted wool hearts that have been appearing all over Berkeley in recent days are the work of Streetcolor, known to many of our readers as our local yarn bomber extraordinaire.

Streetcolor tells us she made the Valentine’s heart from handmade wool because she wanted them to look like paper but be durable to the weather. The other reason for the new medium, she says, is because she feels people in Berkeley may have been yarnbombed enough.

“They need something new to be surprised,” she says, adding: “I have been wanting to bomb chainlink fences — they offer a large open surface to do flat textile graffiti. They also can look so industrial and harsh. They make a good contrast for the felted hearts.”

Streetcolor felted for a month before putting up around 15 hearts in total around Berkeley.

Here are six. Have a guess where they are (we know — it’s tough!). Since this is a special contest, don’t post your answers in the comments below (but do feel free to vent about the difficulty). Instead, email them to Berkeleyside.

The first person to get all six correct (or closest to six) wins a Valentine’s box of chocolates from Berkeley startup  Casa De Chocolates (we’re in a startup kinda’ mood).

A yarn-bombed seat on the Berkeley-San Francisco BART [06.14.11]
Eighty feet of knitting added to downtown bike racks [05.03.11]
Memorial to five-year-old revived [11.02.10]
Yarnbombers decorate the Elmwood [08.03.10]
Inside the mind of an (anonymous) yarn-bomber [07.20.10]

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  • anon

    #2 is Crowden School

  • anon: You may be right, you may be wrong! But so we can make this a contest, can we NOT leave guesses in the Comments (as we usually do for Where in Berkeley?). 

    Please use the email link in the story to send in your answers.


  • Anonymous

    My heart-felt appreciation for a wonderful idea


  • Thank you. Aren’t you going to enter the contest? You of all people! We await your best guesses.

  • Greg Merritt

    I suspect it may be a long while until there’s a winner — without collaboration or some inside knowledge.  Hopefully somebody can figure them all out before any of them are removed!

  • Greg: We can’t deny it’s difficult, but if you look closely at the photos there are pretty big clues as to the locations — at least on some of them. Perhaps it would take a miracle for someone to guess all of them correctly, but we are giving the prize to the person who gets most right, even if that turns out to be just two!

  • It would be fun to go on an in-person hunt for all of them. I recognize the location of at least one.

  • Gina

    #5 looks like it could be on Oxford St. by Cal where they’re doing all that construction.

  • Alina77419

     I know where #2 is.  will collaborate fro chocolate :)

  • Anonymous

    i can identify 4 of 6 but that’s the best i can do

  • 3rdGen: given the difficulty, four of six might well win the chocolate. Email us at tips@berkeleyside.com.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure of one, think I know the other, and will simply enjoy the photos which brought back fond memories of the very first Jim Dine poster I had mounted at the Reprint Mint on Telegraph.

    And here’s the poster! http://www.paintinghere.com/painting/Jim_Dine_Hearts_7353.html

  • Anonymous

     why at 2pm did you say 4 would win if you had someone at 10:42 am with four guesses?

  • We didn’t look at the emailed answers until 4:30pm. The cut off was 4:45pm. Lance said “4 might well win”, not “4 would win” simply based on how difficult the contest clearly was.

  • Anonymous

     got it!