Oakland Squared: A large-scale collaborative art project

Oakland is our birth place, the the city that has given us the freedom and community to collaborate and flourish. In Oakland Squared we pay homage to the town we love so well with an exquisite corpse project that illustrates the emergent qualities arising from Oakland’s diverse cityscapes and populations, and the aesthetic experiment that is the 5TC collective.

Six photographs of iconic Oakland scenes were enlarged and divided into one-foot square panels, and 5TC artists were assigned a random square or two… or ten… to recreate in the media of their choice. From workers in the fruitpacking district portrayed in braided fiber, to iconic Port of Oakland cranes constructed from legos and tirewalls, to freeway overpasses executed in shattered, mirrored mosaic—the resulting works comprise six stunning panels which, like Oakland itself, represent a collection of distinct and unpredictable parts coming together to make up a magnificent whole.

Download the oakland-squared promotional materials.


Natoma Street Window #1 – Five Ton Crane


Natoma Street Window #2 – Cranes


Natoma Street Window #3 – Market


Natoma Street Window #4 – Freeway


Minna Street Window #1 – First & Last Saloon


Minna Street Window – Cemetary


Minna Street Window #3 – Fox Theater


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