Our goal with the Oakland Mural project is to cultivate, educate and engage youth in community issues and solutions through the power of public art.

 

Oakland Superheroes Overview

Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project (OSH) is a crucial community development effort by Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) in Oakland that will engage over 300 youth to be change-agents in their community. This project aims to resolve issues that plague our city, create over 30 jobs, enhance our neighborhoods and reduce blight. AHC is proud to share the progress of the first of six large scale mural beautification and revitalization public art project in West Oakland/Emeryville.

 

Community Engagement

As part of the planning process, AHC surveyed residents of the Hoover Corridor Neighborhood where the murals will be immediately located. Community members were asked to describe positive & negative aspects of the neighborhood as well, as their hopes and dreams for the community and future public art pieces. Responses determine the content of the murals. AHC will be hiring mainly Oakland based artists to paint the murals, as the whole process will promote and exemplify community collaboration from beginning to end.

 

Please click here to visit the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project website to see more specific information about the project as well as the individual designs and murals.


Watch this video to see the making of and inspiration behind the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project.


West Street Mural (West Wall), #4 Design.  In Progress.

This mural was designed and created in partnership with students from Hoover Elementary School. The mural includes these characters: Fantastic Girl is from New Mexico. After her mom gave her a necklace, she got special powers like telekinesis, seeing into the future, money power which she uses to help people so they don’t have to steal, and making water and soap appear for cleaning the community. She also uses her water power to grow food to help feed the homeless. The Lava Twins, Lava Boy and Lava Girl, become superheroes after sipping a magic potion and being burned by lava in a volcano. Lava Girl got the super powers of shooting lava out of her hand, flight and lava vision. The lava vision can turn guns into chocolate bars that, when eaten, turn bad guys into good guys. Lava Boy got the super powers of turning guns into stone, and he shoots love lava, which turns bad guys into good guys. Golden Boy was born in New York and lives in the Golden Kingdom. He touched a coin in a cave and received the super powers of electric force field and electric vision, golden shield, heat vision and speed. D-Bow Jalapeño has origins in Saturn but was born in Nacho City when Saturn became too cold to live on. After his dad did a super hero experiment with him and a shot of superhero blood got on him, he got the super powers of telekinesis, being invisible, super speed to get to people who are in trouble in a hurry, super strength to pick up heavy things like trash, sending nacho cheese and water balls out of his hands to put out fires and make guns not work. In recent months during the final approval processes, Caltrans, the property owner of the freeway walls, has created a legal barrier and we are unable to move forward. Please sign our petition to encourage Caltrans to approve the production of the next mural!  

This mural was designed and created in partnership with students from Hoover Elementary School. The mural includes these characters: Fantastic Girl is from New Mexico. After her mom gave her a necklace, she got special powers like telekinesis, seeing into the future, money power which she uses to help people so they don’t have to steal, and making water and soap appear for cleaning the community. She also uses her water power to grow food to help feed the homeless. The Lava Twins, Lava Boy and Lava Girl, become superheroes after sipping a magic potion and being burned by lava in a volcano. Lava Girl got the super powers of shooting lava out of her hand, flight and lava vision. The lava vision can turn guns into chocolate bars that, when eaten, turn bad guys into good guys. Lava Boy got the super powers of turning guns into stone, and he shoots love lava, which turns bad guys into good guys. Golden Boy was born in New York and lives in the Golden Kingdom. He touched a coin in a cave and received the super powers of electric force field and electric vision, golden shield, heat vision and speed. D-Bow Jalapeño has origins in Saturn but was born in Nacho City when Saturn became too cold to live on. After his dad did a super hero experiment with him and a shot of superhero blood got on him, he got the super powers of telekinesis, being invisible, super speed to get to people who are in trouble in a hurry, super strength to pick up heavy things like trash, sending nacho cheese and water balls out of his hands to put out fires and make guns not work.

In recent months during the final approval processes, Caltrans, the property owner of the freeway walls, has created a legal barrier and we are unable to move forward. Please sign our petition to encourage Caltrans to approve the production of the next mural!  


West Street Mural (East Wall),  # 3

This mural was designed and created in partnership with students from West Oakland Middle School. The mural includes these characters: Emilio is a young, Mexican-American boy who is the earth sign. He uses the music from his purple and blue car to spread joy, peace and love. Gaza is a young lady from Yemen. She is like the wind. Her mission is to stop crime by using the flowers on her dress. The dress was given to her by her mother who died in a car accident. Her last words to Gaza were, “Magic dress.” The Twins, aka Planteen and Solar, are Black American siblings. They are water and energy. These two ensure that plants are healthy and growing and that water is clean and plentiful. Click here to read more.


Market Street Mural, #2

This mural was designed and created in partnership with students from Westlake Middle School. The mural includes these characters: Serenity is a shy but charismatic Mexican girl who lives in Oakland. Bob is a Jamaican boy who is forced to move away from his parents to live with his grandparents in Oakland in order to protect a powerful and secret family heirloom. Sasha is a gay, albino, Parisian young boy who, one day, swallows a butterfly, which transforms his skin to glow gold, permanent tattoos. Paris is a 103 year-old Unicornian who takes the form of a 17 year-old human girl, from a far-away planet called Unicornia. Click here to read more.


San Pablo Avenue Mural, #1

This mural was designed and created in partnership with students from McClymonds High School. The mural includes these characters: Ja’Khi is the princess of knowledge. She influences the people in her life to achieve the impossible. Josiah is the messenger of fate. He works together with Ja’Khi changing the lives of people around the world. He is a McClymonds High alumnus who uses his success to help people take control of their lives.  DJ Justice is a DJ who spins and hosts block parties in West Oakland. These block parties are a way to unite all people and ignite fires of change. DJ Justice plays uplifting music that influences unity and change.  Click here to read more.


Durant Mini Park Mural, "Ancestral Waters"

Lead Artists: Daniel Panko X Justin Metoyer Mullon

Design inspired by Durant Mini Park neighbors and community of all ages.


In memory of Antonio Ramos.

In Memory of Antonio Ramos

The Board of Directors and Staff of AHC wish to express our gratitude for your love and support for the loss of Antonio Ramos and the emotional trauma surrounding the tragic event. Slowly, it is beginning to subside, and with your support we will move forward with AHC's vision to complete the remaining murals. Please click here to be redirected to the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project page, where you can donate to the cause.


Commissioned by City of Oakland Public Arts Program 2016.

Commissioned by City of Oakland Public Arts Program 2016.

. . . It truly takes a village . . .