DtEW's Synopsis - a derelict Berkeley warehouse that has been tagged for many years was recently bought by a re-developer that also happens to appreciate street art. So he invited some 80 very-well-known local street artists to tag this tri-level, 36K sq. ft. warehouse for this temporary exhibit. I've seen the work from many of these guys (and actually met a few), and I can tell you they do GREAT work that makes the obvious case for graffiti as art, not the usual low-grade trash that defiles places. This is a bona fide art show in a derelict place, so you get to enjoy the rare combination of exploring decay, appreciating high-grade street art, and not breaking any laws nor risking life-and-limb!
Endless Canvas presents
SPECIAL DELIVERY Bay Area 2012
SPECIAL DELIVERY is a large scale mural exhibition featuring a number of prolific street artists from the Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area.
We’re bringing SPECIAL DELIVERY back to home base and stepping up our game by painting an entire 36,000 square foot, three story warehouse! The building we have been invited to paint has been vacant for over a decade and has a long history of presence in the local graffiti art scene. It was recently purchased by a Bay Area based firm with plans to refurbish the building into a permanent office facility. The owner of the company happens to be on the board for the OMCA (Oakland Museum of California). As an inspired art enthusiast, he noticed some of the graffiti in the building was done by the very same artists whom are currently exhibiting at the OMCA. Saddened by the destruction of this museum worthy artwork and the cultural history behind it, he asked Endless Canvas to invite the artists back to restore the graffiti in the warehouse.
What has resulted is a three part project. Part one: a professional photographer has documented all of the graffiti pieces in the building. Part two: we will be hosting the SPECIAL DELIVERY Art Show. For this we have invited over 80 of the Bay Area’s most prolific street artists to paint the interior space of the building, to be exhibited for public view in September. The new pieces will be documented thoroughly then later removed for necessary renovation of the warehouse. It will take about a year to refurbish the building. Once this process is complete, a selection of artists will be invited back to install permanent murals on the interior walls of the building. All three stages will be documented and followed by a published book sharing the project as a whole.
All of the participating artists have spent a significant amount of time creating works of public art in the Bay Area. Some have been featured in museums and documentaries and others are home town heroes in the underground art scene.
MUSIC PROVIDED BY:
Ear Peace Records - Live Hip Hop on the 3rd Floor
Miggy Stardust - DJing on the 1st Floor
DtEW's Addendum - Aside from it being in Berkeley, the location of this place is currently secret, and it will be revealed the day before (Sept 7th) on the linked website. I'll probably come back to put it here as well. For the more-inquisitive amongst you, its location is actually deduce-able using the information available to you.
(If you do figure it out, please keep it to yourself out of respect for the artists and the organizers.)
This is not a led Meet-up along the lines of Digne's. I will be there, but I'll be just moseying.
Source: Chris (http://www.meetup.com/Art-of-Urban-Exploration/members/1703054/)