OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The city of Oakland unveiled a new mural on Friday that is the tallest in the city and is designed to draw attention to world hunger.
The Mayor of Oakland and a group of distinguished guests spoke at the unveiling on Friday morning. Then three-time Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito and D’Wayne Wiggins, founding member of R&B greats Tony! Toni! Volume! carried out.
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“This incredible symbol will remind us what this moment is about and how our work is progressing,” said Schaaf.
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The mural, one of six in a row titled “Zero Hunger,” was curated by the nonprofit Street Art for Mankind (SAM) in collaboration with the World Food Program USA and supported by the Kellogg Company. The murals aim to “raise awareness and mobilize support to address growing food insecurity in the US and around the world, particularly with regard to the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic,” according to a city statement.
“We are honored to expand our Zero Hunger series in the USA with the World Food Program USA and Kellogg. We hope that our gigantic murals, created by an incredibly diverse group of talented street artists, will inspire the public to reflect on the current situation and do their part in fighting hunger in their communities and beyond. Together we can see bigger and create a world without hunger, “said Audrey and Thibault Decker, co-founders of Street Art for Mankind, in a statement.
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The Oakland mural sits on the wall of the 21-story Marriott City Center wall and was painted by international artist Victor Ash, a French graffiti artist. Two other murals preceded the Oakland – one in New Orleans and the other in Houston. The three remaining murals will be installed in Washington, DC, Detroit and Battle Creek, Mich.