I was singing the blues about
forgetting to take my camera on this ride. Virginia gave me a
memory stick of her pictures and said "Use these." Okay, here they
It figures that Sharkie would be
headed for downtown driving the Catch 22 bus.
Carlos stood with Ben Henderson, one
of the artists for the mural behind them. He talked about giving
meaning to the blank wall. He is happy that everybody headed for
downtown on Santa Clara Street will be seeing bicycles and flying
There were at least a couple hundred
of us riding our bikes around to see the various new murals put up
as part of Pow Wow.
The artist for one of these had been
with Pow! Wow! for a long time. He explained that the name came
from comic books. It was the word they wrote over major on screen
action. Then the idea is we look at the art and go "Wow!" in the
next frame. After they found out that "Pow Wow" was the term the
native Americans use for their get togethers, he found the local
Native-American elder. He had come down and gotten a good idea
what was going on. The Native-American had asked for a spot in the
opening ceremony for a blessing the next year. He'd explained that
from then on, it's okay to use the name for these events. Ever
since then they have.
The guy explained that they had
free-handed the drawing and then spent the rest of the time
filling in the outline. The texture of the wall meant that the
project had used a lot more cans of spray paint than he had
Thank you Virginia for taking these
I think this is an old mural we took
a picture of that day. We ride past it every time we get off the
train and go downtown.