Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

WIB 01.23.13

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 6:30pm: Sandy Friedland got it! Not only did she correctly identify the photo — it shows a detail of the mural by Emmy Lou Packard on the UC Berkeley Chavez Student Center (part of the Student Union) — she provides lots of interesting detail on what it is. Here is is:

“Here are some details about this mural from Harvey Helfand’s guide book of UC-Berkeley: The concrete, bas relief mural is five feet high and eight-five feet long. Emmy Lou Packard (class of 1936) was a protegé of Diego Rivera. “The abstract concrete mural represents the land forms of the state of California: coastlines, agricultural fields, mountains ranges, clouds, and rivers.” It was cast in reverse, Helfand explains, and Packard “utilized various vegetables, including radishes, potatoes, onions, and puffed wheat to create the textures …”

Congratulations, Sandy, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Nina J. Hodgson.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391541743 Greg Merritt

    Reminds me of artwork on the Caldecott Tunnel, but I don’t think that’s within Berkeley city limits. Also brings to mind the old BHS building at Allston & MLK, as well as the UCB biology building.

    All guesses, though; can’t wait to learn the answer!

  • Greg Merritt

    Reminds me of artwork on the Caldecott Tunnel, but I don’t think that’s within Berkeley city limits. Also brings to mind the old BHS building at Allston & MLK, as well as the UCB biology building.

    All guesses, though; can’t wait to learn the answer!

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    All good guesses, and one of them isn’t far off, but this is a tough one. (We like to mix it up!) Hope the guesses will keep coming…

  • serkes

    Also looks like the sculptures atop a PG&E Building (on Hollis) in Emeryville … but that’s not Berkeley.

    WAG – the Corporation Yard 1326 Allston?

    Ira

  • Lisa

    Berkeley Public Library downtown?

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Not WAG (or Emeryville… as if we would!)

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Not the library, but thanks for the guess.

  • the Deer

    The Wall of Edward’s Stadium Bancroft Way and Oxford? but…..hmmm….

  • http://www.facebook.com/alinacon Alina Constantinescu

    This is tough. Somewhere on the PSR campus?

  • the Deer

    Alright. It’s not that old, as the art deco wall of the stadium, but it’s also not brand new, the cement looks aged and the design looks mid-century, like, 50’s or 60’s.

  • serkes

    I concur – looks like something you’d see at a BART station

    Ira

  • Eleanore

    Berkeley City Club?

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    OK, it’s been a fair few hours and we haven’t got a correct guess. Admittedly it’s a difficult one this week. Here’s a clue: it is on the UC Berkeley campus.

  • Sandy Friedland

    Detail of the mural by Emmy Lou Packard on the Chavez Student Center ( part of the Student Union).

  • Berkeleybhoy

    I don’t know the name, but I think it’s the first large building on the left if you enter the campus at Venter and Oxford, and walk straight up toward the Campanile. One of the sciences buildings.

  • Berkeleybhoy

    Venter should be Center, of course.

  • Sandy Friedland

    Here are some details about this mural from Harvey Helfand’s guide book of UC-Berkeley: The concrete, bas relief mural is five feet high and eight-five feet long. Emmy Lou Packard (class of 1936) was a protege of Diego Rivera. “The abstract concrete mural represents the land forms of the state of California: coastlines, agricultural fields, mountains ranges, clouds, and rivers.” It was cast in reverse, Helfand explains, and Packard “utilized various vegetables, including radishes, potatoes, onions, and puffed wheat to create the textures …”

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    Sandy: Not just the right answer but all the skinny too! Congratulations on being this week’s winner!

  • Bill N

    I look at the mural in a new light! Thanks for the wonderful information.