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One of the many tiled planters you'll stumble upon when strolling through Montclair Village, designed by Gina Dominguez
Another one of Dominguez's masterpieces: This "way-finding" mosaic splashes across the sidewalk on Fruitvale Avenue in the Diamond District. The hummingbird is a nod to the Native American Collection at the nearby library.
Surprise! This is actually a public restroom in Maxwell Park that's been transformed by a mosaic mural installed with the help of neighborhood volunteers.
This tree mosaic sprawls across a wall on Peterson Street between Ford and Chapman streets in Jingletown, right near the Institute of Mosaic Art
But the artistic endeavor we?re perhaps most taken with in Oakland is the increasing number of kaleidoscopic mosaics that are beautifying planters, sidewalks and even public restrooms. In the past week, we?ve noticed one particularly artful trash can outside a library in Temescal imploring passersby to ?Read? and a sprawling tree of tiles climbing a concrete wall in Jingletown.
This is no happy accident. Members of the community are coming together to deck public fixtures with the help of mosaic makers such as Roberto Costa, who has overseen the trash-can transformations in Allendale and Adams Point.
Gina Dominguez, owner of Snapshot Mosaics, has designed and installed "way-finding" mosaics on several sidewalks in the Diamond District, guiding people to neighborhood landmarks. She?s also in the process of emblazoning more than 30 planters in Montclair Village with her signature mix of stained glass and copper sheeting.
Tempted to try your hand at tesserae? Dominguez hosts workshops at her studio, where you can learn how to arrange the small pieces of stone or glass used in mosaics.
Ugly trash cans, your days are numbered.
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