Last week (for one week only), a vacant 36,000 square foot, three-story warehouse in Berkeley became Special Delivery, a gigantic gallery for Bay Area graffiti art.
The event was organized by Bay Area-based Endless Canvas, after being approached by the building owner, who, it turned out was an art enthusiast and member of the board at The Oakland Museum.
Inside the building, art was everywhere. There were three floors of graffiti, and in addition to the tagged up floors, the artists covered the walls and ceilings. I took so many pictures because as of last night, it’s all going to be sandblasted. (A selection of the participating artists WILL be invited back to install permanent murals once construction is completed.)
If you walk around Berkeley and Oakland, you’re going to see recurring tags, characters, wheatpastes and stickers from the likes of GATS, Swampy, Dead Eyes, Logo, Broke… I’ve come to really like their characters, and it was an amazing experience to see them all together under one roof. It’s kind of funny how you absorb the subtleties of your surroundings when you live somewhere for a while, and then you end up inside a busted up old building filled with graffiti thinking: “This feels like home.”
This is just a quick fix of my Instagram pics from Sunday night’s closing. [Click the images to make ’em bigger.] LOTS more photos of the Special Delivery artwork and the unique location to come as soon as I can get them posted!