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‘Life of Flight’ Taxiway Murals Land

WEAD-sponsored murals define RADIUM performance area at Seaplane Lagoon

Have you seen the colorful new murals out by Seaplane Lagoon? Three shipping containers have been covered by murals painted by artists Pancho Pescador and Pablo Raiz Arroyo. The title of the work is “Life of Flight,” and it is part of the massive Taxiway Mural project produced by the West End Arts District (WEAD). The containers will also serve to define the performance area for the upcoming RADIUM Runway events.

Alameda Post - Pancho Pescador (left) and Pablo Raiz Arroyo (right) painted “Life of Flight”, a set of murals on shipping containers at Alameda Point’s taxiway along Seaplane Lagoon. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Pancho Pescador (left) and Pablo Raiz Arroyo (right) painted “Life of Flight”, a set of murals on shipping containers at Alameda Point’s taxiway along Seaplane Lagoon. Photo Maurice Ramirez.

An RFP was issued last year for artists to come up with artwork to cover a 13-acre swath of the former Naval Air Station taxiway as the former military base is redeveloped into the Alameda Point Waterfront District. Now the first fruits of these efforts are on display. You can also watch video of the mural installation.

Alameda Post - One of several murals painted on shipping containers, “Life of Flight” created by Pablo Raiz Arroyo and Pancho Pescador. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
One of the three “Life of Flight” murals at Seaplane Lagoon. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Alameda Post - One of several murals painted on shipping containers, “Life of Flight” created by Pablo Raiz Arroyo and Pancho Pescador. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
One of the three “Life of Flight” murals at Seaplane Lagoon. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
Alameda Post - One of several murals painted on shipping containers, “Life of Flight” created by Pablo Raiz Arroyo and Pancho Pescador. Photo Maurice Ramirez.
One of the three “Life of Flight” murals at Seaplane Lagoon. Photo Maurice Ramirez.

The murals on the containers are the first phase of the Taxiway Mural project, which WEAD referred to as “the vertical part of the project.” The next phase, to start next month in September, is to begin painting the ground mural. The first phase of the project was designed and installed by Twin Walls Mural Company and Chilovia and sponsored by the East Bay Association of Realtors.



Check out the murals in person this Saturday, August 26 during RADIUM Runway’s Grand Opening event and their Opening Night with Javier Navarrette & His Socially Distant Friends. WEAD is actively fundraising for the next phase of the Taxiway Mural project, and you’re encouraged to visit their website to learn more about this massive project and make a donation.

Maurice Ramirez is the official photographer for the City of Alameda. Reach him at [email protected]. His photography is collected at MauriceRamirez.com. His posts are collected at AlamedaPost.com/Maurice-Ramirez. All photos are ©2023 Maurice Ramirez.

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