Albany Bulb and Frontage Road

The last time we've been to Albany Bulb was 4 years ago, so it's time for a another visit. If you haven't been there it has spectacular views and a gritty side. Once a dump site it is now a regional park but the agencies allow renegade art and encampments on the spit of land jutting out into the bay. Unknown artists have built sculptures of found objects, rocks, driftwood, flotsam/jetsam, etc. Then there are the graffiti on rocks, walls, etc. some of it quite interesting. It's about a 3-mile hike round trip from the parking lot. People hike for the views, art, walk their dogs, watch the sail borders, etc. Needless-to-say there might be some conflicts with the encampments and the public but this complements the renegade art and lawlessness of the site. As with all of our meetups we proceed with caution and alertness. This meetup is a good setup for the Petroglyphs meetup next month because we also have to hike a few miles on rough terrain, decide what rock art is worthy and be prepared for the weather.

Another stop is the frontage road and railroad right-of-way of Albany/Berkeley. We'll see a good amount of graffiti, railroad tracks and worn industrial buildings.

The meet-up will consist of 2 stops and the ever popular “Show & Tell” part where we eat/drink/relax and show our recent UrbEx images. The schedule is shoot from 3:00-6p, Show & Tell 6-7p. I’d like to limit the group to 10 members, and a majority should be experienced in past Urban Exploration meet-ups though beginners are always welcome.  If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always a few RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date. However, drop-outs within the last week are frowned upon because those on the waiting lists usually have made other plans by then.

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  • Maxine C.

    I totally forgot it. Bummer as I love this trip. Do it again please.

    June 9, 2013

    • Digne

      The remainder of the year is not yet scheduled. There's a good chance the "Bulb" will be this fall.

      June 9, 2013

  • May

    Event at the building at the train tracks. Not sure if it's ongoing... http://endlesscanvas.com/specialdelivery2012/index.html

    September 10, 2012

    • Dave the E. W.

      About 3 days too late.

      http://www.meetup.com...­

      It led to this:

      http://www.berkeleysi...­

      But they intend on re-opening the exhibition for another day on Sunday (unsure whether they mean this or the next one) noon to 6pm. Personally, I'm not sure if this is going to happen considering the vandalism that occurred after.

      September 10, 2012

  • Digne

    The art and constructions in Albany Bulb you won't find in the museums, galleries or public areas but it can be just as expressive and thoughtful. Using found materials, construction debris, paint, etc. the art ranges from large sculptures, landforms, odd creatures, collages, graphic symbols... that express fables, political commentary, anger, love, whimsey, and mystery. The meetup has caught a fraction of it and I suggest others make a visit before the authorities clear it out and make a manicured park out of the place. Go with a couple members.

    August 27, 2012

  • Digne

    I intimated that Albany Bulb is a risky place because of the illegal encampments (the homeless), their dogs, trash art, etc. but when we did cross an encampment one of the residents actually assisted Maxine along the tough terrain! Wild looking man but quite the gentleman.

    August 20, 2012

  • Maxine C.

    Enjoyed photograpying new area and meeting new people.

    August 20, 2012

  • Morna

    Digne always does a great job herding us kittens. I really commend his motivation to organize these trips.

    August 20, 2012

  • Josh H.

    Great meetup exploring a place for those who want to live off the grid

    August 20, 2012

  • Digne

    From the gritty urban railroad zone to Albany Bulb wilderness with illegal encampments, pit bulls and free art - it was an adventure. Good group to shoot and hike with, share a nice meal, and show photos.

    August 19, 2012

  • Digne

    I'm emailing the final memo today giving the initial meeting location. If you don't get it let me know.

    August 16, 2012

  • Maxine C.

    Bonnie - I know you live farly close to me and I wanted to know if you are interested in carpooling. I am fine either way.

    August 16, 2012

  • May

    Anyone can shed light on where the infamous library is at? I've been there before and found various things, but can't seem to find that. :)

    August 4, 2012

    • Digne

      I know where the library is but it's easier to show you on the meetup than describe it. It's quite a surprising find.

      August 12, 2012

  • Maxine C.

    Thanks for the info Dave - great to know a little history of the park. Sure hope the officials that be are slow in implementing their plan to cityfy the area.

    August 3, 2012

  • Morna

    Ohhhh mannnnn! How disappointing! Thankx for the heads up....drat!

    August 2, 2012

  • Digne

    I wouldn't advise anyone to go there by themselves. The illegal encampments, pit bulls and air of lawlessness suggest caution. Take a buddy and carry a mean tripod ;)

    August 2, 2012

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