In a short walk today around my neighbourhood I discovered that there are now two very large multi-family residential buildings in construction and almost completed. When they are occupied, this area will take on a very different character.
As the new buildings go up, some of the older stores are closing down. Several small businesses and a bank that were operating last spring are now closed.
A store that formerly was a grocery store now sells kitchen appliances, and their parking lot mural at the side of the building has changed, too. Now it has a dragon and much darker tones. In their back alley, the building has a very colourful mural that looks as if it has Aztec influence, and a blue dragon. (Blue Dragon mural by Hernandez. Other mural artists not known.)
In the same back alley, behind the dog daycare, is a mural of various kinds of dog. I don’t think many people use this alley, so these are some secret delights for walkers such as myself. (Murals by Ivan T. Gonzales @ITG3000)
The old bicycle store that caught fire a few years ago is still under renovation, but it is now surrounded by a plywood wall covered in a mural telling the story of a King Kong-type cyclops, a damsel in distress, and aliens. (Murals by @ROANVICTOR and @SEANBOYLES38TH)
What treasures you came across! Elaborate and colorful art! Love you sharing these Anne.
Aren’t they great? San Jose has some fantastic mural artists. I was surprised to see some of these in a back alley that gets little traffic.
What a wonderful way to use construction walls! Thanks for sharing.
I agree. I wonder what will happen to them when the building renovation is complete.
Goodness. You weren’t kidding about having found some new murals! These are really wonderful — each so beautiful and unique I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favorite. Thank you for sharing these wonderful discoveries.
You are most welcome! When it stops raining, I’ll do some more wandering about and see what I can find.