Friday 17 August 2018
Mural 8 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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A slice through a river revealed many fish. Two American kestral birds stood on the rocky hill and gazed at each other. The blue/green of the river reflected sunlight to highlight the rocks of the hill. An American kestral nest was on a rocky hill overlooking a slice of river. A cloudy sky lay over the rocky hill, alternating between sunlight and shadow. View all

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Thursday 16 August 2018
Mural 7 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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Painted on a freeway support under the freeway was an underwater scene. A family on a relaxed day on shore. The man gazed down into the water. One of the children fished with a pole. A dog swam on the surface of the river. Beams of sunlight broke the surface of the river. That and people on shore suggest this was a warm day. An otter dove deep in search of shellfish. Instead it found a sunken skateboard. View all

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Wednesday 15 August 2018
Mural 6 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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Stairs ended inside the shapes. A bare i-beam appeared as an unfinished shape element. Ducks hid in tall grass to the right of a spiral staircase. A spiral staircase lacked a safety rail. The stairs ran up from grassland and into a floating building. The building was created from abstract shapes. A flowering vine grew up through the building's shapes. An abstract building floated over grassland next to a typical northwestern forest. Two Canada Geese and one kildeer stood in a grass field next to a spiral staircase. View all

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Tuesday 14 August 2018
Mural 5 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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The bottom of the mural showed a sea lion swimming under the arched path of a school of fish. The middle of the mural showed birds hovering over a crashing surf. The fifth mural was an image of the sea. It lay just beyond the edge of the skatepark, and was partly obscured by the parks concrete forms. The top of the mural illustrated two ice arches under a stormy sky. A wide shot, edge on, of the mural. View all

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Monday 13 August 2018
Mural 4 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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The bird was perched on the inverted axial of a skateboard. The wheels were missing. The body of the bird was filled with gears, all interlocked and turning. The tree stump had steps embedded in its side, or mushrooms growing on its side. The fourth mural illustrated a large bird perched on top of a tree stump. The face of the bird looked malevolent and was backed by the rising sun. View all

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Sunday 12 August 2018
Mural 3 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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The third mural illustrated a grand and glorious mythical phoenix bird. It flew in spectacular flames. The bottom of the mural resembled a train on six tracks speeding out from the wall. Sadly, it was covered in graffiti. A burning skeleton was drawn below the phoenix bird, and appeared to be the source of its flames. The flames of the phoenix bird just before its mythical demise into ash. View all

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Saturday 11 August 2018
Hats In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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The folks marching with Conjunto Folklórico Panamá América wore decorative costumes, each topped with an artistic hat. Hats were a significant part of the Carnival San Francisco Parade. Samba Queen on a float, wore a sombrero fringed with silver foil. One of those marching with Club Puertorriqueño de San Francisco wore a mask as a hat. Two senior folk riding with Ruth's Table wore hats decorated with colorful tissue flowers. The dancers with Conjunto Folklórico Panamá América wore traditional straw hats. View all

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Friday 10 August 2018
Mural 2 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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The second of the eight murals illustrated two birds of prey diving down from high in a fictional sky. The bottom of the two birds, the larger of the two, dove with beak open and tongue out. It's talons were about to seize graffiti. The smaller and topmost (or perhaps more distant) bird dove with talons extended across the very face of the sun. View all

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Thursday 09 August 2018
Floats In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Serving Children Youth Families and Seniors Since 1954 decorated a float to resemble a plaza in Mexico. The La Cumbiamba Colombiana featured a lively band with singers and dancers. The Sherman Elementary float featured colorful slices of fruits and vegetables. The float for The Church of 8 Wheels (Roller Disco) was in the form of a huge roller skate. Instead of a marching band, Mixtiso Latino Indo-Afro-Mexican staged a sitting band on the front of their float. Naturally, the Recology float would be an antique red garbage truck. View all

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Wednesday 08 August 2018
Mural 1 of 8, WJ Skatepark, Washington Jefferson Park, Eugene, Oregon

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At the top of the mural, two birds hovered over the nest. Murals were painted on both sides of four freeway supports that surrounded the Washington Jefferson Skatepark. The nest was created from a collection of straw and skateboard parts. The first of eight murals illustrated a stylized bird's nest in a tree. The signature for the eight murals was covered in two stickers. It might have been "Maitag W" or "Maltag N" or any of a dozen names. Searching for the obvious variations, yielded no success. The bottom of the tree was a face. Sadly the bottom of the mural was covered in graffiti. View all

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Tuesday 07 August 2018
Dancers In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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Dancers with Mas Madera Massive performed while wearing colorful hoop dresses. Dancers with Loco Bloco performed while wearing full yellow/orange dresses. Dancers with Tradición Peruana Cultural Center performed in front of the "One $ Store." The dancers wore pure white dresses with bright red waist sashes. Performers with La Cumbiamba Colombiana dressed in colorful traditional Columbian costumes. The women swirled, while the men marched in a line. One of the dancers, with Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. (Serving Children Youth Families and Seniors Since 1954), performed with a full yellow skirt. View all

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Monday 06 August 2018
Posers In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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One of the woman marching with Caravana de la Alegria posed to show off her colorful costume. Two people walked past the camera and posed, one with surprise, the other with a smile. A woman walking with Loco Bloco posed while carrying a parasol. Two people with Gente De Cidlade paused to take a selfie. The result was for them to both unknowingly pose for the camera. A woman with Mission Neighborhood Centers paused to pose for the camera. She posed with three children. One of the dancers with Aquarela Brazilian Dance Ensemble paused to show off her feathers and jewels. View all

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Sunday 05 August 2018
Flags In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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A man wearing a white grass skirt carried the Samoan flag for the Samoan Community Development Center. A man wrapped in a small Puerto Rican flag carried one edge of a much larger Puerto Rican flag. One of the women marching with Thurgood Marshall Academic High School carried a Bolivian flag. The women of SF Day Labor Program & Women's Collective lifted and lowered a huge flag made up of many country flags. This illustrated how the labor movement was international in scope. Two members of the group Esplendor Azteca Xipe Totec each carried a differently sized Mexican flag. View all

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Saturday 04 August 2018
Banners In The 2018 40th Annual San Francisco, Carnaval Parade, San Francisco, California

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The banner for Tradición Peruana Cultural Center was small relative to other banners. The Paixão banner was understated and elegant. The Comparsa Orichá Oya Nike banner was carried by men in black, thus creating an ominous feeling. The banner for United Rhythms was carried by two fellows riding Lime rental scooters. The Loco Bloco comparsa (contingent) was actually a combined effort by three groups. The Mission Neighborhood Centers banner had been dropped and not yet picked up. Had it been properly held, it might have read: "Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Serving Children Youth Families and Seniors Since 1954." View all

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