Oakland Recycling Center gets Face-lift from Female Art Collective
May 39, 2015
Oakland, CA – Saturday, June 13th, marks the first day that art collective Few & Far will
start work on a large scale mural in the heart of Oakland at 2430 Mandela Parkway. The
building, which buys non-recyclable plastics and then resells them to specialized buyers,
is one of the largest recycling facilities in the San Francisco area. Situated directly across
the street from locally owned soul food eatery Brown Sugar, this mural will focus on
representing Oakland’s diverse culture and its long-time residents of the city.
Few & Far is an all-female art collective compiled of artists from around the US and
beyond, a few of whom call San Francisco their home. Along with three Bay Area artists,
12 women will be flying in from across the U.S. to paint the massive wall. This project is
especially significant to Few & Far because June 2015 marks the fourth year since the
collective’s inception. The group’s goals are to travel, paint, skateboard, empower
women and girls, and to help those less fortunate when possible. Few & Far has been
involved in numerous non-profit events over the last 4 years, as well as donated time and
energy to many social causes.
Each mural they complete encapsulates an organic salt of the earth spirit; with this
particular piece the women of Few & Far seek to bolster outside awareness of Oakland’s
rich culture, its native communities and the original residents of a city filled with civic
pride. With gentrification and cost-of-living increases working synergistically to slowly
displace Oakland’s people, Few & Far wants this mural to make a positive statement
about a strong community of all races living and working together in Oakland.