Artist Jon Doe Photographer Jane Anderson
Artists are painting the walls of Sacramento businesses for the Wide Open Walls Festival.
Sacramento’s annual Wide Open Walls festival is in full swing, with artists painting murals on hotels, parking structures, restaurants and office buildings throughout the city.
Most days, the tree-lined midtown streets near The Sacramento Bee are quiet and predictable. In other words, boring. But on Friday, as the clock ticked toward noon, four young men piled out of “I Love Teriyaki” and craned their necks to get a look at the humongous bear that Raphael Delgado was painting on a building across the street.
The 15-story painting marks the 50th anniversary of Cash’s ‘At Folsom Prison’ album and shines a light on prison reform.
There’s more to the city than food and drink, of course. In fact, Harvard researchers once named Sacramento the most diverse city in America, and years later, creatives are finding more opportunity for expression. Perhaps the most visible example is Wide Open Walls, an outdoor mural festival that’s preparing for a third year of bringing color to storefronts, building facades, and unused walls around town. There’s no time like the present to check it out