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Eye-catching street art in the Tower District

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I swung by the Viral Boutique in the Tower District while working on my retail column this week, and couldn’t help but notice what is painted on the wall outside. This is on the building that used to be Tom’s Trains at 1476 N. Van Ness Ave. that faces a dirt lot. The mural is much bigger than what’s shown here, so keep scrolling to see more.

Shop owner Omar Yanez tells me he didn’t like the original look of the wall, which was a patchwork of paint colors due to efforts to cover up graffiti. He put out a call on Craigslist for artists to come paint it and three or four people responded. Normally, we would always give credit to artists at the Bee, but when I asked Omar for their names, he called back to say they didn’t want their names published. “They call themselves collectively the ‘Remainders,’” he says. Since I’ve been sitting here wondering what to call this art (Graffiti art? Street art? Hip hop art as Omar says?), the fact that the artists don’t want their names might be a clue. What do you think about the murals?

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Responses to "Eye-catching street art in the Tower District"

Jeffrey Whitaker says:

I like the mural. I would call it Urban Art.

Homer Gee Greene Jr says:

I like the mural also. I take a Tai Chi class near that location. I agree that it should be identified as Urban Art. We need more of it in Fresno and more of it in the Tower District.

ScienceMann says:

Urban art is a great label, if one is needed. Anything to brighten up our city. Tower District, Mural District, and the rest of The Frez too. How about a large mural on the back of Edwards Cinema at River Park? That would look so cool from the 41. More Urban Art… and now!

Bethany Clough says:

^ I love that idea!

Homer Gee Greene Jr says:

I like that idea also!

Gavin Enoch says:

Oh for sure, that would be real cool. Great Idea, I think!

Cosmic Vato says:

These folks are California famous! Legends of the artform.

RUME's Queen says:

That’s what’s up 4 the Remainders crew!! U got this, bout time u got ur props!!

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