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  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Stefen’s murals

    From 1974 until 1977, the mural shown above was on the long wall (25′ by 90′) at the southeast corner of Milvia and University, then a Dutch Boy Paint store, now Au Coquelet. The design and execution were by Stefen. Jeff Dayton painted some of the solid-color areas. Gary Graham painted the Dutch Boy figure, a portrait of Stefen. (more…)

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Recently lost murals

    The “Welcome to the Lorin District” mural is no longer visible. It is now obstructed by a new building on the north. Murals are intrinsically temporal – they come and they go. We seem to be in no danger of losing our mural identity but, over the last year, we have lost more than a few murals. (more…)

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Rainbows!

    Editors — Berkeleyside readers have been sharing some wonderful photographs of rainbows with us recently, so we thought it was timely to publish this Quirky Berkeley post.

  • How quirky is Berkeley? DIY quirk on Peralta Avenue

    I often feature quirky yards with high production values — collectors or professional sculptors or painters who are gifting their art to the street. They are fine and good, but there are other types of quirk. Quirk is not one-size fits all. There are the high-produced examples, and then there are the DIY front yards, such as this one. (more…)

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Art Ratner’s miniature buildings

    Art Ratner has been fixing Japanese cars in Berkeley for more than 30 years. His energy, intelligence and humor make him liked. The best-in-the-Bay work done by his shop, Art’s Automotive on San Pablo between Russell and Oregon, make him sought-after. Many know him, but not many know of his staggering collection of miniature souvenir buildings.

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Magic (sculpture) garden on Heinz

    In the 1980s and 1990s, 729 Heinz Ave. was home to Magic Gardens, a wonderful and, yes, magical nursery. It is long gone now, and after some years of farrow fields, the Magic Gardens space is once again a fertile garden, now housing a changing cast of sculpture. The Artworks Foundry is there. It is one of the nation’s leading foundries for the production and restoration of bronze sculptures, reliefs and monuments. (more…)

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Darwin the Retriever Cat

    The Museum of Modern Art defines the French term objet trouvé (found object) as art created from undisguised, sometimes modified, objects or products that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art function.

  • How Quirky is Berkeley? Avi Black’s Berkri-la on Ordway

    There are hints of Bali on the southwest corner of Ordway and Gilman. These statues depict musicians you’d see in a baleganjur ensemble featuring a team of interlocking cymbals and drums, an inseparable part of life and death in Bali. Its traditional purpose is to accompany funeral processions. (more…)