BLACK LIVES MATTER, 2020

Black Lives Matter Mural

250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA

About the Mural

In responding to the City Council's direction to develop a temporary public art installation, the Public Art Commission led the development of a temporary Black Lives Matter mural in front of City Hall on Hamilton Avenue. This community-driven, City-sponsored effort selected sixteen Bay Area-based artists of diverse backgrounds to share their perspectives about race and equity. Each commissioned artist painted one letter in their own unique style.

The mural is one aspect of a larger City dialogue taking place on race and equity. The mural is unique to Palo Alto and connects to other work and discussions examining Palo Alto's policies and procedures in policing and citywide.

About Artists

B: Demetris Washington @bamr_theartist
L: Sasha & Ben Vu @sashavustudios
A: The Harker School Art Club @harkerartclub @pilar.aguero.esparza
C: Masuma Ahmed
K: Richard Hoffman @richardehoffman

L: Urna Bajracharya @fishing_for_fishies
I: Janet Foster
V: Sarah Joy Espinoza-Evans @iloniarts
E: Elizabeth D Foggie @elizabethdfoggie
S: Ann McMillan @annmcmillanart

M: Nico Berry @nicosprayitloud
A: Ruth Feseha @robin_laurence
T: Shiraaz Bhabha @shiraaz
T: Briena Brown @artbybriena
E: Cece Carpio @cececarpio
R: Stuart Robertson & Adam Amram @stewyrobertson @adam_amram_

The Making of the BLM Mural: Time-Lapse Video

The Making of the BLM Mural

  • <p>Artist Demetris “BAMR” Washington painting the letter "B".</p>
  • <p>Sasha Vu painting the letter "L" of the BLM Mural</p>
  • <p>The Harker School Art Club painted the letter "A"</p>
  • <p>Community volunteer helping Dr. Masuma Ahmed to paint the letter "C"</p>
  • <p>Artist Richard Hoffman painting the letter "K"</p>
  • <p>Artist Urna Bajracharya and volunteers painting the letter "L".</p>
  • <p>Artist Janet Foster painting letter "I".</p>
  • <p>Artist Sarah Joy Espinoza-Evans painting the letter "V".</p>
  • <p>Artist Elizabeth D Foggie painting the letter "E".</p>
  • <p>Artist Ann McMillan with her daughter and volunteers painting the letter "S".</p>
  • <p>Artist Nico Berry and his daughter painting the letter "M"</p>
  • <p>Artist Ruth Feseha painting the letter "A". </p>
  • <p>Artist Shiraaz Bhabha and volunteers painting the letter "T"</p>
  • <p>Artist Briena Brown and volunteer painting the letter "T"</p>
  • <p>Artist Cece Carpio and family painting the letter "E". </p>
  • <p>Artists Stuart Robertson and Adam Amram painting the letter "R".</p>