On Wednesday, dozens of neighbors, artists, community activists and elected officials gathered beneath the 580 overpass on West Street for the unveiling of the third Superheroes Mural, the project that muralist Antonio Ramos was working on when he was killed. The stunning mural, which depicts a “team of super heroes and sheroes working together to keep Oakland safe, beautiful, thriving and clean,” has been dedicated to Antonio.
It is located on West St. between 35th and 34th St. under the 580 overpass.
“It is with great pride and sadness that I stand here for the unveiling of the third wall,” said Amana Harris, Executive Director of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, which leads the Superheroes Mural Project.
“With all the displacement that our communities are facing in Oakland today, this mural was an effort to take back our community and see ourselves inspired and working towards reclaiming space,” said Harris.
The unveiling was attended by Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan, Lynette McElhaney and Dan Kalb, as well as Mayor Libby Schaaf.
“My heart is full,” said McElhaney. “I’m thinking about the damage that these freeways have done. They created darkness in places where crime can thrive and these murals are walls of resistance, resilience and love.”
“We love you Antonio, from the bottom of our hearts,” said Harris. “Your talent and quiet smiling face will be with us forever.”