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Spotted: Dan Fontes’ ‘Egret’ Mural

Local muralist Dan Fontes has completed his work on the ‘Egret’ mural. The mural is painted on the side of the ACR building on Clement Avenue at the corner of Everett Street. Standing several stories tall, the mural is a reference to the wildlife of the nearby Oakland Estuary.

The mural was funded by a grant in 2018 from the City of Alameda Public Art Program (https://alamedaca.gov/PublicArt). The original mural was planned to be located just off Webster Street. However, circumstances dictated that a new location be chosen by the Public Art Commission, and the artist altered the design to better suit the new location. The process was also hampered by the COVID pandemic, further delaying the creation of the mural.

Other works by Mr. Fontes can be seen around the Bay Area, including his mural of giraffes under the 580 overpass in Oakland and the interior walls of the Pacific Pinball Museum on Webster Street. His website is https://danfontesmurals.com.

Alameda Post - Egret Mural by Dan Fontes on Clement St
Dan Fontes’ mural of an egret is now on display on the side of the ACR building on Clement Avenue. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Alameda Post - Egret Mural by Dan Fontes detail
A close-up view of the detailed work that went into creating the Egret mural. Photo Adam Gillitt.
Alameda Post - Egret Mural by Dan Fontes dedication plaque
Fontes added his own painted plaque, recognizing the artists who worked with him to create the mural. Photo Adam Gillitt.

Adam Gillitt is the Publisher of the Alameda Post. Reach him at [email protected].

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