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Featured in East Bay Times | Montclarion

An artist once told me that everything is a canvas. Even a drab concrete slab can be transformed into an inspiring art installation. Enter the Montclair Parking Garage, which has rapidly become a kind of open-air gallery. Twelve murals — some up to 50 feet high — now adorn the ramp walls, including the latest piece by Shannon Hood and Victor Garcia.

The pair have painted a colorful piece they’ve dubbed “Nature of the City” — an interplay of nature, humanity and urban culture that they say might evoke “almost conflicting emotions.” The two artists met last April when Hood was exploring Brazilian street art and discovered a mural painted by Garcia on the streets of São Paulo. (Garcia, who goes by the nickname “Monocrew” is known in São Paulo for his vivid graffiti and street art.) They painted the Montclair mural in just one session, driven by a singular purpose [...]

By Ginny Prior | Columnist


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