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Oakland Coliseum

Oakland Coliseum Mural

late 1980s

 

After seeing the mural by Mindy at Bix, a popular restaurant in San Francisco, the owners of the Oakland Coliseum contacted Mindy to potentially paint a mural for their new building. Knowing that the arena would be used for various professional athletics (sometimes referred to as “sports ball” by people who do not thoroughly appreciate professional sports), Mindy decided to abstract the idea into sections, of Before, During, and After the game. She gave them three versions, one was “artistic”, other was abstract, and another was realistic. She was inspired by depictions of classical Greek and Roman athletes. The owners decided that they didn’t want images of naked men and Mindy’s murals were never actualized, but she was happy to have her head in that game for a while.